Today’s guest post comes from Heather Davis, who sits on the organising committee of NLS7. We have a soft spot for the NLS conference – the ILN was launched at NLS6 way back in February 2013. Heather would love you to consider visiting in Sydney in July to join the next generation of library leaders!
Greetings! I am Heather Davis, Manager Library and Learning Futures at Waverley Council, Sydney Australia. I am also on the organising committee for NLS7 coming up in July this year. NLS (originally known as New Librarians Symposium) is the event for students and those new to the library and information sector, however is open to all to attend. The goal of NLS is to bring together the future leaders of our profession to learn, discuss and direct the future of libraries and cultural institutions. NLS is unique in its focus on new talent and introduction to professional development. It’s also an opportunity for conference first timers to present in a supportive environment and to meet your future colleagues.
I myself am very passionate about lifelong learning, so feel I have found the perfect profession. But I want you to see for yourself just how important getting along to an event like NLS7 is to your career and your passion for your work.
One thing that I have discovered is both a pleasure and an absolute necessity of working in the library and information sector is networking. Networking is what keeps the profession moving forward – through our conversations and sharing of projects and ideas we work together to navigate our futures. Not every profession has a ready and willing brains trust, backed by solid research skills and whole libraries of information at their disposal.
NLS7 provides opportunities for learning and information gathering that go beyond the speakers and workshops. It is an amazing opportunity to meet, in person, the key professionals that will become a source of inspiration, a sounding board for ideas, and great support if you encounter a problem in your worklife. As you mingle with delegates you will collect Twitter identities and blog details for keeping in touch between conferences and for following each other’s careers. The conversations you have at the event will expand your understanding and thinking about the diversity and future of the profession and you will make some fascinating friends.
With all of these wonderful reasons to attend in mind, don’t hesitate to register, if you can’t get to Sydney this July, find us on social media to be a part of the discussion!
24-26 July 2015 in Sydney, Australia
Registrations are now open! nls7.org/registration/
Join the conversation: @ALIAnls7