Conferencing 101: All the Tips
It’s almost April, which means it’s also almost conference season. Coincidentally, it’s also Spring Break! Yay! I’m taking this opportunity to present to you some non-required (but highly recommended, if I do say so myself) Spring Break Reading (à la Winter Break Reading) about conferences and networking – and networking at conferences. I’d love to hear what you find useful or other suggested reads; I know you know how to have an online discussion, so let’s do that! Comment below!
1. For those not sure about the value of professional organizations and/or going to conferences:
- Students + Professional Associations = A Match Made in Career Heaven
- Why & How to Take Advantage of Student Memberships in Professional Associations
- 5 Reasons to Attend a Conference
2. Want to get your feet wet from the safety of home? Library 2.017 is happening on Wednesday, March 29 from 12-3pm Pacific. It’s hosted by the iSchool, it’s all online, and it’s F-R-E-E. The theme is “Expertise, Competencies and Careers.” There are keynote speakers and short presentations. Last year I wrote about Four Ways to Boost Your Career at Library 2.0, and those four ways are still true and applicable to other conferences. Am I good, or what?
3. Great! I’ve convinced you there’s value in attending. Now, the important things: what to pack and what to wear (eep!):
- The basics: Packing List A and Packing List B
- Beyond the basics: Daring Packing List
- How to Pack a Single Carry-On for a Three-Day Conference: I’m including this because I think it’s a good way to think about wardrobe planning. Obviously, your choices will vary, but the approach sounds good.
- From an ALA veteran, Conference Travel Packing & Survival Tips.
- Librarian wardrobe suggestions for work and for conferences.
- Survival Kit A and Survival Kit B
- Top 10 Apps to Download – plus, of course, any conference-specific app
4. There are several posts and lists especially for first-time attendees. Here are a few:
5. Once you’re there:
- Surviving and Thriving at Professional Conferences (for the most info, listen to or watch the linked webcast!)
- How to Be Awesome at Going to Library Conferences
- What to carry, planning, and how to pay for it
- Attendance Advice and Making the Most of It
- Hack Library School has a lot of posts about conferences, and they are organized either with tags or by category. The content is slightly different, so look at both.
- How to Drink with Your Coworkers (because: reality)
6. Networking, because that’s a large part of why you’re going:
- Tips for Attending Big Conferences, which are really all about networking
- How to Make Networking at Conferences Feel Less Icky
- Last fall, Tracy Z. Maleeff spoke to the SLA student group about networking. A recording is available, and it’s worthwhile!
- Networking with friends
- How to Network at Conferences – but this isn’t the usual advice! Neither is How to Network When You’re an Introvert.
- Four Networking Tips for Introverts
- How to Fake Being a Social Butterfly
- Have your elevator pitch ready! I also like the anti-elevator pitch.
- Networking at Conferences: the infographic.
7. Can’t go after all? Kim Dority wrote a great piece about getting conference benefits without going and without spending a dime.
Phew. That’s enough from me. What are your best tips? Favorite articles you think everyone should be reading?
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