I’m about to head off to Brisbane (well, Logan City via Brisbane) with my colleague with whom I’ve co-authored a paper on engaging urban youth with public libraries. After months of preparation, it seems strange that it’s finally come around, to be quite honest. This is my first conference paper, and also my first time presenting anything like this (although I like to think various public speaking arrangements across the years, and my regular Storytime gig have prepared me somewhat – at least none of the conference delegates are likely to tickle my knees or express affection by drooling on me). Hopefully, however, it won’t be the last, in either case.
Our paper is second up tomorrow morning, the first day of the conference, and I will be bringing my best game face and trying not to talk too fast (quite the challenge as I normally speak at a rate of kilometres per hour at the best of times).
After I get back from the conference, I head off almost immediately to join my husband in Washington DC, where he’s also presenting at a conference, and then we’ll be taking a small holiday in New York City. Posting may be thin on the ground around these parts until we return, but I’ll see how I go.
I’m planning to visit the Library of Congress in DC and the New York Public Library at the very least; there may be some others in there too. I take my duties as a professional nerd very, very seriously.
See you on the other side!