The Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference is finally here! As I type, library professionals are gathering on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia in eager anticipation of a week of library awesomeness. Conferences are more than just the speaking program, it is also about the atmosphere of likeminded and passionate people gathering in the one location to celebrate what they do.
Conference week is always busy for me and APLIC is no different! I am attending a whole day workshop on Monday, our Turbitt & Duck meet up on Monday night, presenting a lightning talk on Tuesday and you will find me at our City of Gold Coast Libraries Pop-up Library at booth 16 in the exhibition hall Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
If you’re attending then you have read the program and planned out your official events but don’t forget to have a little fun! Get outside the conference venue and take a walk to the beach, sit in the park and take some time out for yourself. Here are 5 things that will add to your conference experience!
Taylor & Francis are doing Smoothie Day on Thursday 2 August.
Massage & book proofs
Australian Library Services (booth 5) are offering massages in the relaxation station and you can get your hands on some book proofs too!
If you’re a morning person you can join in free yoga at 7.30am on Wednesday 1 August in the Connect Space. This is a great way to get into a good headspace before a busy conference day.
Sassy badges have become popular collectables at library conferences so keep your eyes peeled! Check out Caroline Beatty from Librarians for Refugees and City of Gold Coast Libraries (booth 16) for some great ones.
To see what else is happening take a look at what’s on in the exhibition hall.