Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking…

25 01 2008

I’ve recieved an invitation to do just that, from the East Midlands branch of the Youth Libraries Group. The YLG is an organisation which arranges training events for librarians who work with children and young adults, and this particular event is centred around 2008 being the National Year of Reading.

I’ll be speaking to an audience of librarians about new technologies in reading; primarily, of course, about Pantechnicon and the differences between electronic and print publications. With a Q&A session, this should last for half an hour, by the end of which they will know everything and I will have a mental image of two hundred naked librarians.

These lovely librarians will then go forth and disseminate. Whilst it’s a great opportunity to promote Pantechnicon (and I’ll undoubtedly sneak in a Hub pimp too), it’s also a great chance to talk about children’s reading habits and how to engage them in getting pleasure from stories that aren’t told in pictures.

The event takes place in April, so I’d better get cracking on writing the presentation. Wish me luck!

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2 responses

31 01 2008
Gareth

Gosh – I’m becoming a real blog-type person now.

Good luck with your naked librarians – to completely dispel your nerves they should all have a large pink pansy growing out of various places!

You might want to witter on about getting boys back in to reading as that’s always a challenge – what sort of stuff do they like reading and writing/submitting to you.

Don’t know if it’s relevant but you might want to check out http://www.storycode.co.uk and mention it to them. It’s a book review site where you don’t have to write anything, just slide… uhh.. slider bars about for various questions (eg character led Vs plot led). It could help yoofs (and anyone else) find their next good read as it matches a book’s profile to other books with similar characteristics.

Good luck again.

31 01 2008
Trudi Topham

Ooo, that’s an awfully good point. I think I shall indeed give it a mention! Cheers 🙂

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