With just a few days to go until I jet off to Washington DC for the SLA 2009 conference, I think I’m almost ready. Bags are not quite packed, but being the good librarian that I am I have of course made several lists (things to pack in hold luggage, things to pack in hand luggage, things I still need to buy, things I might buy if I see them somewhere but are not essential, things I need to persuade my boyfriend to lend me… Oh yes. I am the list master).
I’ve also been trying to plan my route to Heathrow on Friday, along with the other three SLA Early Career Conference Award winners (complicated by the tube strike!), organising my schedule, and figuring out what to do with the one day I have (mostly) free for sightseeing. The one thing I am sure of at the moment is that I will be utterly exhausted by the time I get back next week – there’s so much I want to do at the conference! It looks like a really exciting program, I’m sure I’ll get a lot out of it. I will be blogging as much as I can while I’m there (probably not live – I find it difficult to take things in if I’m trying to write in a coherent fashion at the same time!), and probably writing up what I didn’t have time to blog when I get back.
I’m also planning to try out this “networking” lark that I’ve been hearing so much about – apparently SLA is a good place for it! To this end, I’ve made myself some business cards:
I posted this to Twitter yesterday and the feedback was broadly positive. I don’t know how many I’ll hand out to be honest, but I thought it would be useful to have, if only so I don’t find myself rummaging in my bag for a scrap of paper to scribble my email address on!
I think I’ve got all the big things sorted for the trip, now I just need to conquer my fear of flying…