Attending IFLA was amazing: Benefits of conference attendance as reported by delegates
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This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association on 03/04/2017 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00049670.2016.1251010
A large amount of time and resources is spent every year in the library and information science (LIS) sector in Australia to organise, fund and attend conferences. However, the possible benefits of conference attendance for librarians have not been a focus of research in the field. This article, reporting on the findings of a pilot study conducted in the context of a PhD research project, addresses this gap and analyses conference attendance benefits as reported by librarians who attended a specific international conference. The findings of this study link directly to issues and themes that are relevant to all library sectors in Australia.
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