It has been a few months now since the HLG Conference in Glasgow. Both the formal and anecdotal feedback has been very positive, with a few exceptions – the comedian and the paucity of food at lunch on the first day did not go down too well. However, that didn’t distract from the excellent programme of speakers, the wonderful venue, and the opportunities for networking and the dinner in the Old Fruit Market.
The HLG Committee discussed the feedback at our September meeting and further discussion will take place at our next meeting in December.
To assist us in our planning I wanted to pose a few questions.
The most fundamental question of all is ‘should we hold a conference at all?’ Are conferences still appropriate in our networked age and when budgets are tight?
If we proceed on the basis that we will hold a conference, further questions arise:
- Should the conference be held every two years, or annually – would a shorter but more frequent, and hopefully cheaper event be more appealing or is the idea of trying to fit everything into one day, including travel, too much?
- Should we continue to rotate the location of the conference, or focus on one ‘central’ venue/city?
- How do we ensure maximum attendance, and inclusion/participation from those who are unable to attend?
- Do we need to do more to attract new or junior members of the profession, or those from all sectors including academia?
- Should CILIP play more of a role in the conference programme, we are a CILIP group after all?
- Should we aim higher in our keynote speaker, by say inviting a Government Minister or Celebrity?
- Should the programme be simpler, with fewer themes and sub themes?
We would really welcome your feedback on the conference in Glasgow and also on what you would like from a future conference. I would particularly be interested in those who didn’t attend the conference and the reasons why you couldn’t/didn’t attend.