Two weeks today, I’m not sure where I’ll be, even when I’ll be. Somewhere, somewhen between the UK and Canada, perhaps already in Canada. The Ninth International Conference of the Book starts on 14 October, at the University of Toronto. I’m working on a paper comparing libraries, gardens and religious buildings, looking at the boundaries between such places and the outside world.
I’ve never been to Canada before, and it is thanks to a bursary from CILIP’s John Campbell Trust, and the support of my employers, that I am able to make this trip. The John Campbell Trust exists to help librarians learn more about their profession, with the expectation that they then disseminate their findings and experiences to their peers, professional community and outside communities as seems appropriate. I’ve set up a blog as a way of telling people about this trip – before, during, and after.
I hope that through this blog I’ll have some company on my travels.