I haven’t attended that many conferences, lack of funds has been a barrier in the past, but Jo Alcock's post on applying for funding has inspired me to be more proactive in trying to attend. Last week I went to my first 'unconference' at Library Camp UK 2011 in Birmingham, you can read about my experiences here.
CLIC (Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation) events. These tend to either feature a particular training topic or provide an opportunity for different libraries in Cardiff to present what they do. I once had to speak at one of these events, as I am a web administrator for the CLIC website and we were launching the site. It was very nerve-racking as it was the first time I’d ever done anything like that, but I imagine it was far less nerve-racking than speaking to a room full of a couple of hundred people. Still, even though I found it a scary prospect, if the opportunity comes up I’ll do it again, because I think it’s important skill to have.