Thing 12: Attending Conferences

Identifying a conference that I wished to attend was actually quite easy in my case. I recently wrote a blog post for Students, Librarians & Information Professionals Ireland (SLIP). This is a blog run by a group of library and information studies postgraduates. The purpose of the blog is to create a dialogue about current issues in library and information studies. SLIP has organized a conference which will be held in University College Dublin on February 10th.

I’m fairly confident I can meet any challenges involved in attending the conference. The fact that it is being held in Ireland helps, but I still have a few obstacles to overcome. I live in the west of Ireland and do not have a car so I’m dependent on public transport. It is unlikely I’ll be able to make the return bus to my hometown so I’ll have to find accommodation in Dublin for Wednesday night. However I have been saving some of my Job-seekers Allowance for the past few weeks and should have enough for my bus tickets and a hostel bed.

If I’m honest, I’m mainly attending this conference to network. I’m hoping to meet up with other graduates from my MLIS course and possibly get some advice from those who have found employment. The best case scenario would be if I met someone who knows of a job opportunity somewhere. The actual talks and presentations will be of a secondary concern to me. I’m also going to show support for the graduates I know who have organized the conference.

I don’t have any real fears about attending the conference as I will probably know a lot of the people there. I’ve also attended conferences in other fields so I have an idea of what to expect. At most I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t been able to find work in the last three months. Other than that I am looking forward to the experience.

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