The 2011 Australian law librarian conference, ACTioning the Law, starts tomorrow afternoon in Canberra. I’m a little worried about the weather. The conference opens with the Publisher’s Panel at the National Library, this is followed by the Welcome Reception at the High Court. Normally it’s a very easy walk, from the National Library just walk past Questacon and the National Portrait Gallery, and you’re at the High Court. But if it’s raining quite heavily, then that won’t be so fun. I suspect that tomorrow morning the organizing committee will be looking into booking taxis or some other contingency plan.
This will be the fourth consecutive law librarian conference I’ve attended. I blogged during both the Perth and Darwin conferences, and I tweeted last year at Melbourne. I’m not sure what I’ll do be doing this year, because it’s different when you’re on the organizing committee. I’ll definitely be maintaining the @actioningthelaw twitter account as well as attending to any urgent updates which need to be made on the conference web site. I’ll be spending some time at the registration desk and the trade show, and if things go well, I’ll be able to enjoy some of the sessions and hopefully tweeting under the @explodedlibrary handle.
I’m really looking forward to catching up with colleagues and former co-workers who are attending from interstate - we know that Canberra is not considered the most exciting venue for a conference and I certainly appreciate every registration.
Right now I’m suffering from some pre-conference nerves, hoping that everything goes ok and if there are any problems (as there are in any conference), that we can respond to them effectively and that people will be forgiving. I expect that it’s going to be crazy few days for me and other people on the committee, but I’m looking forward to enjoying what I can and doing what I can help with whatever comes up.
Being on this conference committee has been my recent excuse for not blogging here lately. That’s about to end too.