Info pros Christmas Party – what will 2009 bring?

I was thrilled to be able to attend the Information Professionals Christmas Party last night.

The party always takes place on the evening before the opening of Online Information. In previous years, as an organiser of the conference, I’ve always been on duty at the exhibition hall ‘til late and so been unable to attend the party. This year, for the first time, I joined members of City Information Group, SLA EuropeBIALLAUKML and other associations to mark the end of the year. It was a festive gathering in the opulent Victorian surroundings of One Whitehall Place, a stone’s through from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

Not surprisingly, given the current climate and after a difficult year for many info pros in the City and professional services sector, much of the talk was trepidation about what 2009 would bring. Alex Wilson-Campbell, Business Manager of the job board Jobs for Info Pros noted that contract and temporary vacancies seem to be holding up well – not surprising in a recession. The other popular topic of conversation was Millennials in the workplace and in particular their habits of info gathering and processing – a topic which Clay Shirky will no doubt illuminate in today’s opening keynote. As the information industry comes together in London I will be fascinated to see how these trends play out.

Katherine Allen

Director, Streaming Media Europe

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