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.