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BBSLG Conference 2009

July 5, 2009

For the past few days I’ve been in Dublin for the BBSLG (British Business Schools’ Librarians’ Group) annual conference. This was my first conference but as a newbie I was in the enviable position of also being a member of the organising committee which I think helped to make the experience a little less daunting. I had a great time and I hope that all the other delegates did too.

I’m going to write a few more detailed posts on some of the individual sessions but I just wanted to write a quick summary first.

The theme of the event was “Focus on the Future” a topic that was kicked of nicely with an opening keynote from futurist Oliver Freeman. Following presentations covered a look at leadership, the impact of technology and user perceptions of libraries and librarians. The key elements of the conference for me however were the member’s sharing sessions and director’s chairs. These gave a real snapshot of how libraries and librarians are evolving as the experiences and expectations of our users change.

The first two days of the conference were tightly structured and there was a lot of information to take in. There was a great opportunity on the last day to reflect on the theme of the conference in the Members’ Forum. Which worked really well as a debrief before we all went our separate ways. As part of this I also had the opportunity to demonstrate Twitter and its uses in libraries and for librarians.

The biggest news of the conference is that at the AGM the members voted on a name change for the group. From this point forward we are no longer the BBSLG but the BLA – Business Librarians Association. The change was necessary to reflect the fact that the group is not just limited to Britain, but Ireland too and what better place to acknowledge that than at the Dublin conference.

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