Library Camp South East, 21st June 2014

As you can see from this post title, this report (such as it is) is a bit out of date!

I’d never been to a Library Camp before. A Library Camp is a form of ‘unconference’ – something like a conference but without the rigid structure. Anyone can pitch a session and deliver it, and the timetable for the day is decided on quite an ad hoc basis – basically it can change as and when needed, so you have to keep your wits about you a bit – I managed to go to the wrong room and not realise this for several minutes and had to walk out again, which would have been more embarrassing in a ‘normal’ conference situation, but as it was a Library Camp no one really noticed, or if they did, they didn’t mind! That was one of the things I liked about Libary Camp, actually – if you find a session boring or not what you expected you can just leave and go to another session and no one bats an eyelid. Also, the sessions tend to be more interactive than those at a conference – much more discussion and general participation. The only (?) downside to the ad hoc nature of things was that possibly too much time was spent on deciding what was going to happen rather than actually getting on with it, but that might just be my need for structure and planning side talking. Anyway, it was a good day, not least because I got to meet up with fellow librarians who I haven’t seen much of since being on maternity leave.

I won’t write a whole spiel about what went on, because it’s all here on the Library Camp South East wiki. Please do have a look!


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