Rethinking professional assembly
A clear pandemic effect will be a rethinking of professional assembly. When does it make sense to think about a face to face event? When and how do you do hybrid events? And how many events will go to online only? Of course, it is not just a choice of mode. Our sense of how to present online is different than it might be in person. It is likely we will see more polls or other ways of interaction, more ways of breaking up events into effective chunks, and new kinds of experience influenced by gaming and other approaches. It will be important to think about social interaction in this context. Of course, face to face events will also change, to emphasise those elements where they deliver special value.
Here are some pointers about delivering effective online events from my colleagues:
Informatie aan Zee and Bibliostar
I was disappointed recently not to be able to travel to Ostende to present at Informatie aan Zee 2021, the conference of VVBAD the professional association for the information sectors in Flanders.
I delivered this presentation online talking about how the pandemic is influencing library orientation and strategies, and then focusing on collections. I presented a modified version of the material a while before at the Bibliostar conference in Milan, again regretting that I could not attend.
This presentation is pretty much delivered as it might have been live, but I did miss the audience, the questions, the interaction.
Presentation, video, interview
Here is the presentation:
Here is the video that was shown to Informatie aan Zie:
I was pleased to do an interview with Paul Buschmann for the VVBAD publication Meta: Tijdschrift voor bibliotheek & archief, 2021 (7) p.22-23.