For the last couple of months, I’ve been helping to plan a conference. It’s been a very interesting experience. Exciting, confusing, thrilling… all at the same time. But it’s shaping up even more nicely than I had dared to let myself hope. We have two days of sessions planned. The second day will be all hands-on workshops. The first will be sessions made up of one primary speaker to set the stage for a few people to show how the topic at hand played out in their work lives, all of which will be followed by discussion.
One of the most interesting parts of the experience for me has been sitting in the planning meeting and listening to everyone’s vision of the ideal conference and then making as much of it as possible happen amidst the practicalities of real life. What can we realistically pull off this year? What should we put on the list for next year and the year after? And now, with registration open, I still can’t really believe my ears when I hear that people are signing up. This is really going to happen! And you know what? I think it’s going to be really fun.
John Reidl (who’s talk last year is still one of the most interesting keynotes I’ve ever heard) will open the show, and Rachel Smith and Alan Levine of the New Media Consortium will speak in the middle of the first day. There’ll be sessions on things like cyber scholarship, open source, taking our public services online, and managing digital collections. And there’ll be workshops on everything from usability testing and multimedia content creation to Facebook and digital archiving.
If you’re interested, registration is easy and the price is low. I highly recommend it, though I do say so myself.