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Tru Vue Blog: Like, Comment, Share the Knowledge

Tru Vue Winner Alex Walker shares her report from the IADA International Symposium

Alex is a Preventive Conservator at Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. 

alex_walker_presenting_at_the_2017_iada_symposium_0.jpgIn May this year, I attended the IADA International Symposium in Oslo as a speaker. This was my first experience presenting a paper at an international conference, and I was very grateful to receive grant funding from TruVue in order to attend the event. 

The theme of the symposium was ‘From Generation to Generation – Sharing Knowledge, Connecting People’ and the papers on the first day focussed on training, internships, the dissemination of specialist knowledge, and our chosen subject, social media.

I presented a paper with a fellow Bodleian Libraries conservator, Fiona McLees. Fiona and I wrote the paper with our colleague, Andrew Honey, who did not attend the conference. The title of the paper was ‘Like, Comment, Share: Analysing the benefits of social media-led engagement for conservators’. Our presentation was a good fit for the conference theme and we discussed the benefits and challenges of creating social media accounts for our conservation department. This included how we share information, what we chose to post and use of twitter/Instagram analytics to assess our demographic and reach. 

I learnt that we are one of the few conservation departments who have their own social media accounts. We are lucky that we are able to share pictures of ongoing treatments, interesting objects and other activities happening in our workshops. We received a lot of positive feedback from other delegates and presenters, and there was a sense that fellow conservators want to get involved in similar projects.

This opportunity has helped me with my continued professional development and to build confidence in public speaking. I would like to thank TruVue for the support offered through grant funding. 

Lead Image: IADA Symposium Venue / Oslo Konsurthus; Alex Walker
Image 1: Alex Walker presents at the symposium



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