Are you a library or information professional in the first 5 years post qualification? Do you want to go to a library conference in Vancouver? Interested in meeting library and information people from all over the world? If YES then carry on reading and then apply for this amazing opportunity.
Applications are open for the 2014 SLA Europe Early Career Conference Awards (ECCAs). This year there are three awards, sponsored by Leadership & Management, Legal and Academic Division. The conference is an amazing experience. You’ll get fabulous mentors from your chosen division and SLA Europe to help with getting the most out of the experience. It is an opportunity to meet great people and build a fantastic network to last a career lifetime.
In short you should apply because:
- I find it quite hard to put into words how brilliant the entire experience was for me so apply and find out for yourself.
- It is one of the best opportunities for professional development you are going to find, no matter what you are interested in. I’d say last year we were a diverse bunch of ECCAs with different professional backgrounds and interests however each of us found the experience extremely rewarding and fulfilling.
- You will meet many, many interesting, exciting and inspiring people. People from a very diverse range of organisations and backgrounds too. So whatever you find interesting, chances are you’ll find someone to talk about it with.
- In addition to the conference-y bit the social side of the event is great. There is a party for everyone at an SLA conference. It will most definitely be lots of fun.
- You might as well apply because if you don’t try you won’t get it. And as the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed try again. I was successful on my third year of application. Learn from past applications and just keep trying.
- Also the conference comes with AMAZING ribbons on the badges as illustrated above (and until UK conferences catch on to the idea your going to need to apply for an ECCA to get some!).
So go on, apply now. As Nike say, just do it. Here’s the link again to tempt you http://www.sla-europe.org/awards/early-career-conference-award/