On Friday 9th November, I attended the CILIP PPRG Award event along with my colleague Jenny Townend. It was fantastic to meet with like-minded people who feel so passionately about libraries and marketing. On behalf of the Library and Learning Services conference team I accepted the Silver Award for Excellence in Marketing. Here is what the judges had to say about our entry:
“The judges particularly liked the wide range of communications tools used, and especially the high quality of the blog and the innovative use of a widget. They were also impressed by the clearly-defined target groups and the use of professional designs for the branding, which was very attractive. Evaluation was carried out both by traditional means and by the use of video and audio interviews, resulted in very rich data which was accessible in a variety of formats. As ever, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and, with the original target of 30 delegates way exceeded (there were 86 on the day) this was clearly a deservedly successful initiative.”
For more details about the event and to see our presentation on Slideshare, take a look at the CILIP Publicity and Public Relations Group website
From the planned, practiced, timed and perfected, to the spur-of-the-moment soapbox speech, the minute madness presentations had everyone watching the clock.
The six presentations before lunch set the tone (frenetic, intense, hilarious) and the six at the end of the day left us all buzzing. An impressive number of the presenters managed to spit everything out in time, but it was hard – really hard! And with Nick ready to leap into action with his dreaded horn the pressure was definitely on!
So for those who might just have missed a detail or two, here’s the list of topics. If you’d like to know more about any of them then do get in touch (click on a name to send an email).
Lastly, a technical note: One or two folk asked how we created the timer on each of the slides. It uses the ‘Custom animation’ feature of MS Powerpoint. A rectangle is created for each second of the countdown and displayed for one second. The animation starts with a click and finishes by displaying an ‘End’ rectangle.
Originally we incorporated drum rolls to mark the end of each presentation, but then we decided that it would be much more fun to have live sound effects and the horn was found. (Actually, there was a middle stage in our plan – we wanted to use the Learning Technology team’s vuvuzela but none of the organising team could reliably get a noise out of it – clearly not a problem shared by South African football fans!).
Everything’s in PDF format. This is a good opportunity to review the themes and content of the conference, and to explore the video and web links our presenters didn’t always have time to follow on the day.
Thanks to our presenters for making these files available.
Thank you so much to all the folk who turned out for what proved to be a really exciting and vibrant conference…
Thank you to the 23 external delegates who came from libraries as far afield as Dublin, Yorkshire, London, Birmingham and all points in between.
Thank you to the 27 academic and support staff representing all six of The University of Northampton’s Academic Schools and several departments.
And thank you to the 36 LLS staff who presented papers, created posters, gabbled for minutes of total madness and showed the enormous enthusiasm that was the subject of many envious comments from other delegates.
As we come back down to earth, we’ll be doing our best to share the outputs of the conference with those who did and didn’t make it. Nick has already uploaded all of the presentations, the posters and the banners, and will shortly be sharing some of the feedback we have received.
If you attended the conference and feel able to comment on any of the presentations or posters then please feel free to do so – just add your comment to the appropriate page. If you have anything to say about the conference generally then by all means comment here. It was our first ever conference but I’m sure it won’t be the last, so do help us to make the next one even better!