I am a librarian, by training, and by profession.
This week, on 16th and 17th December 2010, the Ghana Library Association, to which I belong, is holding its 2010 Biennial Congress and AGM.
Unfortunately I am unable to attend – as it is taking place at KNUST in Kumasi, but I do hope that it goes well. I think it will also be a good opportunity for many library practitioners based in the northern part of Ghana, and especially in and around Kumasi, to attend such a function, without having to travel all the way to Accra. Certainly I know I used to feel a little left out and deprived of events when I lived in Kumasi, so in that sense I think it is very much a good thing.
But for me personally I just couldn’t go. Being away right at the end of the semester, when the piles of returned textbooks grow higher and higher, is not fair to colleagues. Plus travelling right before Christmas when traffic becomes doubly insane is another disincentive. And then there are the domestic considerations… So plenty of reasons, or are they excuses?
I do feel a certain element of disappointment, of course. I do like meeting fellow librarians and colleagues, and just generally supporting the Association. The theme of “Open access to information” is also interesting and relevant, though I suspect some of the papers may be on the theoretical rather than practical side.
One small comment: I wish there were some colleagues who were tweeting about it, but so far I haven’t found any.
But I shouldn’t feel too deprived of networking events, as I will be going to the BarCamp Ghana 2010 event on 18 December which is taking place at Ashesi. And I know there will be lots of write-ups and tweets to look at during and after the event.