“I’ve learned a huge amount about good practice, trends in the sector and new technologies and services. I have come away feeling more enthused and equipped to make a change in my organisation.”
In these times of reduced budgets and resources, it is important that you can make a sound business case for attending the CILIP Conference – the benefits of attending, not only to you as an individual but to your organisation and your users. The information below can help you put a case together for attending:
• Have a look at the programme and make a note of which you would like to attend and why.
• Speak with colleagues not attending the conference to find out which sessions they would like you to attend and what information they would like you to bring back to the organisation.
• Write a plan for how your day-to-day projects and tasks will be handled in your absence.
• Write a plan describing how you plan to share the information learned at the conference with colleagues and an action plan to ensure that any ideas you are inspired with are implemented in a timely way.
• Focus especially on those ideas that will pay back the investment of the delegate place.
• List the networking events that you will attend and, nearer the time, have a look at the delegate list and consider which people you would like to collaborate with and learn from.
• Plan ahead to see the suppliers who could save your organisation time and money. The conference gives you the opportunity to compare similar companies and services as well as discover new developments.
• Put together all of the costs that visiting the conference will include: delegate rate, hotel, travel. Remember, booking before the early bird offer ends and save 20% and being a CILIP member saves even more. Lunch is included as part of the delegate fee.
• You’ll develop your own skills and knowledge at the focused workshops.
• You’ll be able to help staff devise strategies and business cases as well support business decisions with evidence.
• You’ll discover effective tools to deliver CPD and improve the skills of staff.
• Find out how to engage users using a range of marketing tools.
• Refresh your enthusiasm for your profession and see that manifest itself in how you come across with users and colleagues.
“The following day I briefed my team of 6 librarians and impressed upon them the importance of their profession.”
“I am proposing to my line manager two ideas that have been inspired by this conference.”
“I found the conference hugely inspiring and I made lots of new contacts and had lots of things to take away and pursue.”
“A lot of ideas for my own service; protected time to think strategically about my own library service.”