Monday, November 04, 2013

Netspeed 2013 photo highlights

Netspeed 2013 provided Alberta library staff with plenty of intriguing ideas and approaches they can implement in their libraries.

Thought-provoking keynote speakers, useful breakout sessions, a tour of local makerspace, Protospace and chances to connect with colleagues are but a few of the highlights from the conference this year.

Have a look at a few of our photos from the conference below and check out more conference photos on Instagram.

Having fun learning Minecraft!

Demos at the Netspeed Exhibitor Showcase

Tour of Protospace - Calgary's Hacker & Maker Space  

 Chattin' it up with friends and colleagues at Netspeed

We're looking forward to next year already!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thank you to the Netspeed Advisory Team

The Netspeed Advisory Team, made up of library community members from public and post-secondary libraries, played a key role in the development of the program for Netspeed 2013. Thank you for your willingness to get involved and your leadership in developing the Netspeed program.
  • Robin Thiessen Hepher from Chinook Arch Regional Library System 
  • Nancy MacKenzie from Calgary Public Library 
  • Vicky Varga from Edmonton Public Library 
  • Sona Macnaughton from Red Deer College Library 
  • Liz Fulton-Lyne from Norquest College Library 

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sit at the front!

Where do you sit when you attend conference sessions? Do you fall back to old habits and retreat to the back of the room? Do you sit near the door in case a quick escape is in order? Or do you sit right in front, ready to be engaged by the speaker you have come to hear?

Clay Hebert lists his top 5 reasons to sit at the front in his Best Conference Hack over at Medium. Click the link for full details, but here's the quick overview:

  1. You’ll meet amazing people
  2. You’ll connect with the speakers
  3. You’ll actually be able to see the slides
  4. You’ll focus and learn more
  5. You’ll gain confidence in other areas

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thanks to our amazing sponsors!

We want to extend a very special thank you to our sponsors for this year's conference.

  • Kelly Johnson of Keystone Leadership Development provided speaker coaching services for some of our Netspeed presenters who wanted to polish their presentation style. 
  • Carr McLean can always be counted on to supply the pouches that so conveniently hold delegate name tags and provide a space to stash other belongings.  
  • Event Technology Solutions not only provides the professional audiovisual support for Netspeed but also will supply charging stations so that delegates can re-charge their mobile devices.

You help make the Netspeed experience a great one and Netspeed's organizers and delegates appreciate your generous support!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Based on feedback Netspeed organizers have received in previous years, Netspeed will not be providing delegates with conference bags this year.

We encourage you to bring your favourite bag from any conference you have attended, and show off the variety that have been given away over the years! Do you have a particularly memorable one to share?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

One Day Exhibitor Showcase - focus on connections and conversations

Our Exhibitor Showcase this year is one day only to provide a more focused timeline for establishing and renewing connections with library vendors.

Is there someone specific you want to chat with? Are you looking forward to putting faces and names to vendors you're in contact with? Join our diverse group of vendor representatives in the Trade Centre between 10am and 5pm on Oct 24th.
Check out the updated list of exhibitors on the left-hand side of this blog or on our website. Consider making arrangements ahead of time to talk to specific people and ensure you won't be disappointed!

The Netspeed coordinators would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all of our exhibitors for their continued support of our conference!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Workin' the Room at Netspeed

There will be many opportunities to network with colleagues and meet new people at Netspeed. From social events like the reception to coffee breaks and lunch during the conference, you’ll bump into people wherever you go.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of the networking opportunities:
• Make a conscious effort to talk to people you haven’t met before
• Bring business cards
• Talk to someone from another library sector
• Sit with someone new at a meal
• Have a pen and paper handy to jot down notes to follow up on after Netspeed

And here are some tips from Leil Lowndes, author of How to Talk to Anyone, that you can use to help you break the ice and start conversations.
• Wear a “whatzit”. A whatzit is anything unusual or unique that you wear or carry (e.g. interesting necklace, fun tie, bold purse) that will inspire people start a conversation with you by asking “What is that?”
• Almost anything you say as a conversation starter really is OK as long as it puts people at ease and sounds passionate.
• Listen to a newscast or read the paper to be aware of current events that you can use as conversation topics.

Have fun workin’ the room!