There is always so much energy at BIALL Conferences, from the organising team to the speakers and delegates. So I was thrilled to be asked to speak again this year, particularly as I do tend to favour an interactive session and also because Glasgow is a favourite city of mine. The line up for this year's event was impressive and it's worth taking some time to read the many tweets from different sessions (#BIALL2013). For my own session, on elevator pitches, I had the happy predicament of finding it difficult to stop everyone talking – for me, that sums up the whole point of attending a conference, to network and share experiences. We were also treated to an impression of Frank Spencer and some frankly lovely Scottish accents reading tongue twisters. I thoroughly enjoyed the hour!
In a flying visit on the Friday, I attended Colin Frankland's session, ably chaired by Anneli Sarkanen, on Building Your Online Professional Brand with LinkedIn. His idea of having your own code of conduct for connections (another tongue twister?!) provided good conversation throughout the day for me and he spoke wise words about checking your settings and managing your own profile. The last session of the day was my former Cilip colleague Susie Kay, offering some very helpful ways to do more with less. Professionally and personally, two things really stuck with me. Firstly, do small things before they become big things. And secondly, if it all gets a bit overwhelming, just stand still.
And then we went to the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the Annual Dinner and presentation of awards (particular congratulations to 2013 Wildy BIALL Law Librarian of the Year Catherine McArdle, Deputy Librarian at Lincoln’s Inn Library). Another firm favourite of mine, the Kelvingrove was just the perfect venue. We were greeted on arrival by the wonderful sounds of the organ, filling the Centre Hall. This was followed, after dinner, by a distant piper and drummers who made their way into the hall and kept that energy flowing until home time.
Thank you to James Mullan and the BIALL Conference team for another excellent show. See you in Harrogate!