Highlights of the 2015 SLANZA Conference
Where to start? The conference was such a positive experience it is very hard to choose just a few highlights.
Here are only a few of the highlights.
Roger Dennis’ keynote address was about how technology is changing the world and how to prepare children for entering the workforce in ten years. The point that was most memorable was that people can do great things, and so can technology. It is when the two work together that something amazing can happen.
Kay Oddone’s keynote on Makerspace gave practical advice on this phenomenon, in terms of setting up, staff roles, activities and equipment. I took many ideas away with me, and have already contacted Kay for more information, which she was very generous in giving.
Alison Johnson’s workshop on eBooks was interesting, as her findings on eBook borrowing are very similar to our own experiences – namely that library platforms for eBook borrowing are not as popular as we had expected or had hoped. Alison also talked about different ways of promoting eBooks.
Visiting other libraries is always fascinating and I had the opportunity to visit Fendalton Open Air School, Halswell School, and the Secondary and Primary Libraries at St. Andrews. I took many photographs and ideas. Halswell was particularly interesting as we saw the purpose-built MLE classrooms and the new library. It never fails to amaze me how creative and adaptable librarians can be.
Meeting other colleagues, sharing ideas, experiences and laughter is always a highlight.
A personal highlight for me was being awarded the SLANZA Award of Merit for Library Assistant. This came as a complete surprise, and was a very humbling experience. Being presented with my certificate in front of my colleagues was especially meaningful.
I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from Wellington SLANZA which covered the registration costs of attending Conference, for which I am extremely grateful.