by Louise Morrison (@ljmorr)
Last Thursday the 10th MmITS AGM took place in the rather plush surroundings of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.The meeting kicked off with MmITS Chair, Anne Louise Anglim and treasurer, Paulette Hill updating us on MmITS developments in the last year. It’s been a busy year for MmITS, with highlights including:
- Last year’s post-AGM talk by Stewart Bain of @OrkneyLibrary fame.
- The growth of the MmITS committee with the appointment of four new members: Leigh Bunton, Claire Bell, Shayna Conn and me, Louise Morrison.
- The development of our blog, Twitter and website.
- Our survey of members and non-members, which generated lots of interesting results and is helping us to plan our future activities.
And not forgetting the recruitment of our youngest ever MmITS member with the birth of Shayna’s beautiful daughter Adi!
New committee members
This year, we were delighted to welcome Lynda Robertson to the MmITS committee and to confirm the appointment of Leigh Bunton to the post of MmITS secretary. We managed to get a photo of the new committee with Anabel Marsh though a couple of members were missing!
Next up was our invited speaker, Anabel Marsh (@AnabelMarsh), founder of the Glasgow Library Tweet-up (#GLTU) scene. Anabel told us how #GLTU first started in January 2012 as a way to bring together library / information people in the Glasgow area and to share expertise between sectors. The first get-together, in a Glasgow pub, generated far more interest than Anabel had expected and the #GLTU movement has grown from there.
So far there have been eight tweet-up events ranging from informal networking gatherings to library visits and specialised talks. Past events have included a subway “library crawl”, a talk on Health Information, visits to Glasgow Women’s Library, the Whittaker Library and the National Piping Centre Library, and various activities to support National Libraries Day.
The success of #GLTU seems to stem from it’s informal and friendly atmosphere. It also offers valuable networking and professional development opportunities. In an age of increasingly restricted training budgets, this is a great way for library / information professionals to broaden their experience. #GLTU has succeeded in bringing together professionals from a range of sectors, in driving the sharing of expertise and ideas and has led to new friendships and collaborations.
If you haven’t already been to a #GLTU event, have a look at the GLTU blog for upcoming activities. The next event, #GLTU9, is a visit to City of Glasgow College Library on the 25th May. Edinburgh-based professionals will be pleased to hear that an Edinburgh Library Tweet-up (#ELTU) movement is getting going, with the first meeting on the 13th June.
In breaking news, Anabel also announced that a Scottish Library Camp will take place in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow on the 26th October. This will be an informal gathering of library / information professionals. If you’d like to attend or have an idea for a session, then keep an eye on #LibCampGla for further developments.
If you’re interested in finding out more about MmITS, you can find follow us on Twitter or get in touch with the committee.