Writing for the profession (and by default, me)

I shouldn’t even be writing this. I said I needed to go to bed earlier because I’ve been a bit tired lately, but it’s 10.11pm and I’m just beginning a post on working through the following question:

What topic should I write about with a colleague for ALIAlibtec11 in Perth next year?

Deadline is in 7 days. Eeep!

So. To recap, it is 7 days ’til an abstract is due for a conference that I wish to present at, to my friends and colleagues in my sister city, Perth Western Australia.  I have never written with this colleague before, and this colleague has actually been my lecturer for a number of papers (= Units in Aussie terminology, what is it for everyone else??) at my chosen institution of higher learning.

The conference is this one, ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference and you will find the call for abstracts here.

The theme streams are:

  • Professional Development (the individual)
  • Professional Development (the profession)
  • Client Services (the client)

I’m gonna go for option number one.  Mainly because I want to dissect the term “professional”.  I think.

Will update you on this later.

Again, abstract due in 7 days.  Then again my maths isn’t so good, it could be sooner.  How far away is the 1st of December?

3 thoughts on “Writing for the profession (and by default, me)”

  1. Ouch, I completely feel you on this one… I was asked yesterday to scope out feelings around my attending a conference with a group outside Auckland Libraries next year… which was ok… then I returned from a meeting at 11 this morning to find our outside partners need a response by end of play tomorrow… ouch!

    45 minutes later I had cranked out a serviceable enough proposal… we’ll see what happens!

    I think if I were to be writing my dream paper, I’d be taking it from the POV of the renaissance of geek culture and its intersection with libraries. Just how awesome we are, that kind of thing.

    That being said… I guess the realistic thing is to write down 5 solid and doable ideas, do a 5 minute scope on each and take them to your partner? Yep, that’s what I’d do in reality…

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