It’s not nothing to spend time in meetings and conferences!
Whether you’re attending in your own time, or work time, it’s worth making sure you’re getting all you want to out of it.
With conferences in particular, there can be a huge variety of sessions, exhibits and activities.
And of course with the adrenalin, the time can fly by!
It’s all too easy to miss opportunities, and then leave with regrets about what you could have done.
So for our 97th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, set yourself goals for participation in a conference or meeting.
Before you make your final plans, write down a few things – say three – that you want to achieve.
What knowledge do you want to refresh in order to help you in your work?
What new thing do you want to know about in order to develop personally and professionally?
Who do you want to meet up with?
This can help steer you in your choices about what you attend, and where you engage most actively!
Share your own tips for making the most of conferences in the comments below.
This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 3.1: Provide excellent opportunities for face-to-face networking and learning.
You can view our other posts in this series using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store! Do also share your ideas in the comments box below!