We all know that library conferences are expensive. Though I fully enjoyed my experience at ALA Annual earlier this year, for someone like me in Singapore, it is hard to expect to attend many such conferences overseas because of the distance. That is why I am amazed that there is this free World Wide Virtual Conference Library 2.011 conducted solely online using BlackBoard collaborate software from November 2 - 4, 2011. The conference is sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University.
Yes, it's free! With sessions almost round the clock from today Nov 2, 10pm (+8 GMT). Check out the schedule here , even someone like me from Asia can attend sessions because it has sessions from 9 am to 11pm (my time).
Among those presenting, I spot Ellen Forsyth "read and tweet : a twitter reading group everyone can join" (November 3, 10am – 11am, GMT +8, session link) & Gwyneth Jones "QR Codes in the Classroom" (Fri, November 4, 5am – 6am, GMT +8, session link) - both are my fellow LJ Mover & Shakers (class of 2011) , not to mention various renown keynote speakers like Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens.
Others that look interesting to me (all times at +8 GMT), click on date to go to the live session
2. Virtual Reference and Instruction: What is it really like? (November 2, 11pm) - Providing online reference services to almost 116,000 students
I was debating whether to present as well and almost cancelled but I guess given that I recently started presenting to students online using a similar web conferencing tool, I guess it's a sign I should be bold and go for it.
14. Proactively scanning Twitter & the web for feedback - How are users reacting? (November 3, 8pm – 9pm) , Session link , (Add to calender)
Needless to say I am really nervous, so wish me luck!