The penguin in the room
I am holed up in my penguin jimjams, feeling decidedly grotty. I even fell asleep watching the All Blacks. Yet still LIANZA #open17 thoughts keep swirling around my head. For various reasons my thoughts keep coming back to penguins. I did a lot of work with work with historic Antarctic collections a few years ago so I got quite attached to penguins (see image - Major Clanger is an honorary penguin).
The Antarctic season opens again round about now and we'll be doing some holidays programmes to reflect this. Therefore penguins have been on my mind a bit, so imagine my delight when one of the characters Matt Finch asked us to tell a story about during Library Island was a penguin.
I had been looking forward to doing Library Island for a while, but more than that had never had the opportunity to do a pre-conference workshop before. I suppose I'm a little bit of a conference junkie, but it is really important to me that I share my experiences (well, most of them) with my team, my network and the wider sector. Over the next few weeks and months I will look for and create opportunities to feed back, to communicate and to try new things. I'm not yet sure what all of these will look like, but I have a feeling I will be rummaging through the stationery cupboard for some masking tape.
I shall also be advocating strongly for my team to attend feedback sessions. I really really want as many people as possible to share in this in some way. A conference isn't just something that a few people disappear off to for a few days with no follow up. It's something more organic that. I want #open17 to have a long tail - not simply because I like hanging out in the @lianzacon account - but so we can expand on ideas, carry on conversations and cross-pollinate further. The topics we talked about - the Western-centricism, the collaboration, the kindness, the breaking down of barriers, the openness, the stories, the voices, the mapping, the homelessness - they touch us all in the GLAMR sector.
I can't quite remember where all the other penguins fitted in, but they definitely kept popping up. As well as a pre-conference workshop I also got to go to the post-conference DigLibSig day out at Te Hapua: Halswell Centre (hm - Squarespace does not seem to like macrons) which was lovely. When I was in their workroom I spotted some great penguin cut outs which must be for their holiday programmes - cue much excitement. Even on Friday when I got back to work we were delivered a really cool Antarctic season opening poster with penguins on.
I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved on #open17 (although it did involve asking) but I know that it is now my responsibility to follow up, to take it further and be open about the cool stuff we did.