ABTAPL usually meets twice a year. A day conference including a visit to a library in the specialization is held in the autumn, and there is a residential weekend held in the spring. In recent years visits have been made to West Malvern, Durham, Birmingham, Rome and Cambridge. These occasions are valuable not only for seeing the wide variety of modern library practice in many different institutions, but also for the opportunities of meeting other librarians in the same specializations. Such opportunities are highly regarded by our members, many of whom work in “one-person libraries” and are not otherwise able to widen their professional education.
During the pandemic we also launched our online conversations (‘ABChatL’). These monthly events have proved very popular, and we plan to continue them for the foreseeable future.
2022 ABTAPL Spring Conference
ABTAPL’s 2022 spring conference took place in Cardiff from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April. The programme included library visits, an after-dinner talk on the Thursday evening, and a day of CPD sessions on the Friday. Open Forum and TeachMeet sessions on the Saturday morning rounded off an excellent conference.