A day in the life of NACLC's Conference Coordinator: Jane Housley
What is your role and what does it involve?
Administrative work - putting together the annual CLCs Directory and the Conference Coordinator - Conference venue recommendations, getting information out to the sector, writing to prospective speakers/sponsors, registrations, ensuring all delegates are catered for, including special needs, handling the day to day running of the actual Conference.
You are one of the longest serving staff at NACLC - what are the major changes you have seen within NACLC?
Aside from the increase in staff? (when I started there were 4 employees, we now have more than 10). Increased information distribution, enquiries from both Centres and the public, and our social media presence.
In terms of your role in organising the Conference - what major changes have you seen?
As the Conference grows in size (we had just over 600 attendees at the 2015 Conference), finding venues large enough is a challenge. Other changes involve social media, eg Twitter, and including 'off the cuff' type sessions, eg TED Inspired Talks which has proven very popular.
Do you have a most memorable moment from a Conference and why?
Dan Mori, 2012, Adelaide Conference - he was so pleased to be with us, his talk was interesting and received a very positive response, and he loved his thank you gift, of chocolate, which he proceeded to eat in what seemed like minutes.
Is there any lesson in particular that you have taken from a Conference?The importance of ensuring delegates are well cared for, so they can concentrate on learning from their peers as well as assisting them with networking.
How is the Conference coming along so far?
Currently, the draft agenda is being put together, 87 proposals were received. Registrations are coming in as are subsidy applications.
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