The FGS conference in Springfield ended Saturday. Packing up the flyers, syllabus pages and my notes was a reminder of all that I had learned or been introduced to in four days. There was a lot of new information; a lot of reminders; and some just plain "Don't forget this!!!" information.
Now that I am on my way home, I stopped by Skokie, Illinois, for a few days before flying back to Phoenix, I realize that the after conference summaries and reviews are just as important, or perhaps more important, than the planning before the conference.
Where am I going to file the flyers so that I can find them and retrieve the information? Or am I just going to put the information someplace on my computer (and remember while file I saved it to?
The notes that I took regarding web sites need to be near my computer so that I can check out the sites. The notes I took about research facilities and collections need to be filed with the state and with research sites. The notes I took about research techniques need to be filed in some appropriate place. (Otherwise why learn new techniques? I want to be sure I try some new methods which may make searching more productive. And then, where do I put all of the bibliographic references? Just keeping them on the flash drive won't necessarily help me when I need information. So do I copy and paste these to a separate file and then save them (again in an appropriate place on my computer and remember where I saved the file)?
As you can see, I have different types of information that I want to be able to readily access. I'd love to here how you do it. And, obviously, it's going to take me some time filing before I actually can use a lot of the great information provided at the FGS Conference.
Oh yes. And I need a little time to rest (from the days filled with information) as well as to catch up on yard work and even some work around the house.