There are an increasing number of conferences and professional development events being held on the web. Whilst less traditional than face-to-face events, online events can be a lot more accessible. Many online conferences are free (or at least inexpensive) and are ‘attended’ over the internet, allowing for people to participate from all around the world. Time differences can make ‘attending’ tricky sometimes, but often online conference and events are recorded so you can still enjoy the programs asynchronously.
There are so many library webinars and other events out there just a few examples include:
- The Library 2.0 conference series – Library 2.013 Library 2.014 and the upcoming Library 2.015
- New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations , a series of free quarterly webinars
- techsoup for Libraries has a series of webinars focussed on technical skills
- The OCLC WebJunction site collections dozens of free library webinars in their events calendar
Other ways to attend a conference online is to follow the conference remotely through recordings and Twitter. Some conferences offer streaming sessions that can be watched remotely live, whilst many record sessions and then make them available online – like these videos from the IFLA 2014 conference. Many conferences now also use a Twitter hashtag to create a Tweet stream so you can join in the conversation online, such as #wlic2015 for the upcoming IFLA conference.
Have you ever ‘attended’ an online conference or event? What was the experience like?