So yesterday, I was browsing Twitter at lunchtime, and Jo Bo Anderson posted that she was going to something called Library Camp in Birmingham in October, and wondered who else was interested in attending.
The actual content of the day so far is totally vague and woolly, but that also means that no-one is excluded by it being too sector-specific, and I started seeing lots of people I’d love to get to meet in real life post on Twitter that they were signing up to attend. There’s no way with most of these people that our paths would ever cross at professional events otherwise, so this seemed like a great chance to get together with a wide range of information professionals from across the country. And it was free! And on a weekend, so there were no clashes with work! And in not-London, so therefore travel and accommodation were reasonably affordable! And there was to be CAKE!
So, in the course of an hour I had signed myself up to attend, booked train tickets, found myself a roomie for the hotel room I booked, reassured my partner that I wouldn’t be killed by any of the random people from the internet I’d be meeting, and suggested my boss attend too.
And, amazingly, in less than 24 hours, the whole event has sold out!
The official hash tag is #libcampuk11, if you want to follow discussions about it on Twitter.
Really, I think that one of the major selling points (apart from the chance to network with people across the whole of the profession) was the promise of cake. And as is well known, librarians and cake are a very happy partnership.
To add to the sugar rushes, I’ll bring homemade tablet too, if there’s space in my stuff.
Also…there will be no flutes.