On Saturday, I attended a virtual conference with the unwieldy title Space and Sociability in Library and Information History.
I wouldn’t normally seek out such a conference, but there were two factors that encouraged me:
- It was run by someone I know, so I wanted to show support.
- It was supposed to be held hundreds of miles away, but was moved online at the last minute.
We heard a number of speakers talking about how libraries have been set up and used in different eras and cultures. One presentation talked about how the subscription model was once the dominant one, while another explained how the Austrian government would grant borrowing privileges to library users.
As well as learning something new, I was able to clean and tidy my kitchen at the same time.
What’s more, the pal who organised the event is shortly starting a prestigious library-based job in Edinburgh, so I’ll be able to see her in person and talk about these marvellous institutions far more often.