I would like to be attending the ALIA conference right now, but at least I have the benefit of Michelle McLean's updates. Unfortunately it would have been difficult to be supported by my work to attend that, so instead I'm attending the ALLA (Australian Law Librarians' Association) conference in Perth on September 18 and 19.
I am thrilled to be visiting Perth. I've never visited WA at all before. I've probably seen more of the USA than I have of Australia. But that's also kind of normal, isn't it – when you're somewhere else, you tend to see more of it, because you don't know if you'll ever be back there again. Whereas with places closer to home, it's easier to blasé about them.
Well I've been interested in visiting WA for some time now. I'm taking off a few more days so I can see more of Perth, and get a glimpse of other parts of that huge state. In particular, I'll be spending some time near Albany and the Stirling Ranges, where I'm hoping to do a lot of hiking. It should also be a good time of year to see some of WA's famous wildflowers.
The conference should be good too. I'll be taking detailed notes of the sessions, so I might as well blog this conference. I've never done conference blogging before, so those posts will be marked with L-plates.
Attending this conference will help me get a much better sense of what it's like to be a law librarian in Australia. Although I've been a law librarian before, most of that was in Minnesota and it wasn't in the law firm environment. I hope in this conference, I'll get a better idea of how to move forward and implement new technologies in this more conservative environment. Some pointers on change management amongst the change resistant. And if that doesn't happen, I'll definitely learn some tricks to improve my reference skillz. ~