Tomorrow, Friday 27th March, is the last chance to apply for the SLA Europe / Perfect Information award to attend the Perfect Information Conference. This fantastic opportunity allows you to attend this highly prestigious conference and includes accommodation and meals.

In case you needed any persuading that it was worth applying, last year’s winner, Sarah Wolfenden, has shared  below what she has taken away from the experience.

Once you’ve read it, this post tells you everything you need to know about applying.

Sarah’s post:

Last May, I was awarded the opportunity to attend and present at the Perfect Information conference held at Coombe Abbey in Coventry. I wrote about my experience at the time and, one year on, I’ve been asked to briefly reflect again on my attendance so as to encourage others to apply. As I enjoyed my time there I was happy to oblige and so, without further ado, here are three reasons why I think it is worth getting that application in:

Contacts:
The conference had quite an intimate atmosphere due to the small number of delegates being held together over several days. As a result, it was much easier to get to know people as you met them repeatedly – as someone who isn’t a fan of small talk I found this to be much more valuable than the usual two minutes worth of conversation you can get at larger events. Attendees were generally friendly and welcoming and if you work in a similar area, or wish to, then you will definitely find relationships worth creating and maintaining.

A range of interesting and useful workshops:
The workshops at the conference offered a good variety of topics. Some focused on quite technical aspects of the information profession and others on the softer skills one needs to be successful at work; this meant that sessions were relevant regardless of sector and level of experience. A significant number of the workshops required participation and it was a useful exercise to be able to fully think through and discuss thoughts and experiences – this can often be difficult in larger groups.

Confidence:
You will deliver a workshop to experienced managers and leaders within the information profession. I found my audience to be engaged and supportive and, as a result, I thoroughly enjoyed the activity. This gave me the confidence to present at many more events later in the year, including Internet Librarian International and the Academic and Research Libraries Group Conference. It is a great opportunity to have a go in a safe environment and, who knows, you may find you really like it too!

These are just a few of the reasons why it is worth applying to attend the Perfect Information Conference and I’m sure you will have many more to reflect on after you’ve attended.

You can follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahwolfenden