|Meagan Berry, current chair of UWO CLA is modeled in one our conference's promotional images.|
On the day, we all started our mornings, bright and early at 8:00am in NCB. And of course, it was from the get-go that obstacles began to come forth. We had 2 or 3 coffee machines going along with 2 kettles to ensure our offerings of freshly brewed coffee and hot water ready for the break. Unfortunately for us, the power kept jumping, and our coffee station had to be relocated 3 times! As frustrating as it was, everyone handled it very well, and coffee was had! We received an astounding donation of baked goods from members of the CLA and SLA student groups to fill our coffee break table with muffins, cupcakes, strudels, croissants, and more! One feature of our coffee break setup that caught some attention was a continuation of CLA's "Bakerspace", where attendees were invited to decorate cookies and cupcakes with frosting and/or sprinkles.
The first of our feature speakers, Sarah Roberts, is an instructor from our very own Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS), and teaches LIS 9005 - Managing and Working in Information Organizations. It was nice to listen to her talk about something more related to her current research interests! Visit Sarah's blog to find out what she thought of our conference, and see what amazing things she does!
|Sarah Roberts spoke to use about human traces in the technologically-encapsulated world! She even brought her 3-D printout of a Settlers of Catan gamepiece!|
|Stephen Abrams talked to us about new trends in librarianship!|
|Sarah Calder talked to us about social tagging!|
|Erin Clupp closed our conference talks with the human-centred approach to archives!|
It was an amazing experience to be involved in the planning process behind a conference and see everything follow through. It was also amazing to see how much work goes into planning a single day - speakers, accommodation and transportation for speakers, lightning talks, budgeting, delegating tasks for the day of, catering, donations, equipment for presentations, equipment for coffee breaks...it really helps me understand why the organizers behind the OLA begin recruiting their student volunteers a year prior!
This was a great opportunity for me to learn about really seeing the process of building and hosting a conference, and it's something that I'm going to take with me on my continued journey to a library career! Thank you to everyone who helped us, and thank you to everyone who attended!
Megan Siu, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, is a co-chair of the UWO SLA Student Chapter, but is also involved with the UWO CLA Student Chapter. She is currently in her second term of the MLIS program and is only growing more certain of her passion for the field of library and information science. Her interests are focused in special and non-traditional librarianship, particularly in legal and government-related environments.