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PLWA Conference, 2013

On the 8th of March, I attended the biannual Public Libraries WA Conference for the second time. Not only do I find it very interesting, it was also a good opportunity for me to schmooze with some of the library managers (after all, when my contract at FPWA ends in two months, I will be once again out of work).

The day started with a lovely surprise, when I saw my old manager from, Kalgoorlie, Debra Hodges. Debra has known me as a child, as I used to spend many hours reading (and sleeping) on the library sofa as I was growing up. When I was a teenager, she employed me as a library shelver, which I worked after school while I completed my TEE studies. I left town after graduating, but regularly go back to visit the staff there. The last few times though, Deb hadn’t been there, so it was quite a surprise for her to see me with my wheelchair!

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ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium: Saturday


Early start, so everyone was still a bit sleepy for the first session. First speaker was children’s librarian, Sam Hughes, who was completely brilliant. Beginning with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and going on about three year olds kissing knees, we had a brilliant time. Makes me wish I could one day be a librarian like her.

But I think my favourite part of the day was in the afternoon, with a workshop on writing journals articles and conference papers. This is pretty relevant for me, as I would dearly love to write a paper ob LGBTQ issues within a library context. What that workshop made me realise is that I need more focus to the article. For example, focus on collection diversity, or visibility. Also, the scope (public libraries, vs. school libraries). Having these things pointed out to showed me just how far I need to go to get a professional journal article.
Another thing pointed out was the target audience. The few other journal articles I have found within this niche always seems to have been published in LGBTQ or advocacy journals. This means that the audience of these articles are within the LGBTQ Community already, and less likely to be a part of Library World. What I would love to do is bring these issues to Library World, rather than preaching to the choir.
That evening I had a lovely dish of mussels at the Belgian Beer Café, and enjoyed the company of Matthias, Stephan and Claire, while Eagles’ fans gave us headaches as they screamed at a TV.
Fantastic day. Looking forward to Kathryn Greenhill’s (librariansmatter.com) presentation tomorrow. As a student of her’s, I can say she is an AMAZING presenter.