There may be trouble ahead...
This year, to quote Irving Berlin, we're going to need to "face the music and dance". In that song it was "moonlight and music and love and romance" that helped the singer to do that. What are the things that I am looking forward to this year? What are the things that I think might help sustain me?
LIANZA's biennial conference is going to be held in Christchurch, with the wonderful theme of open. It's going to be inspiring to share this unique city, which has gone through so much, with the wider NZ / Australasian library and GLAMR sector. I'm really looking to meeting new people, getting to know others better, finding out what's happening in libraries and taking away new ideas.
When I first heard of Twitter I really couldn't see the point of it, yet since the National Digital Forum in 2013 I've been hooked. While it is far from perfect and there are areas I don't fancy going, it's ideal for an information junkie like me. I can find out all sorts of stuff - projects, people, events. Perhaps most importantly I can hear different voices and experiences - following people and accounts like Justine Larbalestier, IndigenousX and Deray Mckesson give me perspectives other to my own and help me to become more woke.
Author and Fun Palaces founder Stella Duffy is visiting NZ this year. Amongst other things she's going to a keynote speaker at this year's Museums Aotearoa conference. Our library in Christchurch has hosted a Fun Place for the last couple of years and its been a blast. With the slogan of 'everyone an artist, everyone a scientist' they aim to support culture in communities by giving people of all ages the opportunity to access technology and creative materials.
Suck it and see!
I'm on a secondment at work at the moment and I don't know what job I'll have at the end of the year, but I'm excited to see what happens. I do know it'll be fun getting there and I do believe I'll have the support to do it. (Note to self: read this in a year's time and see if you still agree)
My husband has bought me a Louis Theroux t-shirt for my birthday!
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