Brisbane bound!

Early next month I’ll be heading to Brisbane to attend the 8th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP8). It looks like a great program, with a good mixture of researchers and practitioners speaking. I’ll be presenting a poster titled “How do library and information professionals use Twitter to engage with conferences in Australasia? (or, “A little birdie told me …”)“. It’s taken a while to get it together, but I emailed it off tonight. If you can’t make it to the conference to check it out, I’ll probably be writing it up as a journal article.

Brisbane has hosted an EBLIP conference previously, back in 2005. It was at this conference that I met a group of health librarians from the Central Coast who called themselves the “Spice Girls”. This name came about because of the title of their presentation – “Adding SPICE to our library intranet site: a recipe to enhance usability“. I didn’t know it at the time, but this conference ended up being a life-changing experience for me, as a couple of years later I married one of the “Spice Girls”. This was written up as a news item for the EBLIP Journal.

The 2005 conference was a great experience for me, as it was where I started forming my professional network. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the “Spice Girls”, as well as other colleagues that I’ve met in the meantime.

Made it to Brisbane

Well, I’ve arrived in Brisbane for Information Online. I checked in to my accommodation at about 3:30pm, then went for a walk to Southbank to get my bearings. I’m attending a Research Support Community Day at Griffith University tomorrow, and the three days after that will be spent at Online.

It’s been five years since I was last in Brisbane, and I still had a rough idea of how to get around. I had dinner at a restaurant in Southbank (with a local water dragon for company), then I took the ferry back to my apartment.

I’m looking forward to the next few days – it will be tiring but interesting at the same time.