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  • 1. Lowdown on Unconferences Andrew Shuping May 2011
  • 2.
    • What is an unconference?
    •    
    • (also known as barcamp, infocamp, librarycamp, govcamp, open space technology, cupcake camp, foocamp, and more)
  • 3.
    • "Happy hour with colleagues, sans beer"
    • Amy Buckland
    •  
    •    http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/access-aej-spring2010.pdf
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arlophoto/5616233274/
  • 4. or think of them as coffee breaks   
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/martisunshine/5510755562/
  • 5.
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      • INFORMAL!!!
      • Agenda set day of the conference
      • Everyone participates in an active discussion
      • More fluid, more easy to change
      • Often no keynote speakers
      • Free or low cost
  • 6.
    • "What makes an unconference unique is the way it is engineered from the start to enable as much active participation by all attendees as possible."
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    • http://tinyurl.com/2bq5v6o
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennafreedman/3363355683/in/photostream/
  • 7. Where did they come from?
    • From the open space technology which Wikipedia defines as:
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    • "an approach for hosting meetings, conferences, corporate-style retreats and community summit events, focused on a specific and important purpose or task—but beginning without any formal agenda, beyond the overall purpose or theme."
    •  
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/83156837@N00/1756495297/
  • 8. Some key tenants
      • Whoever comes are the right people
      • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
      • Whenever it starts is the right time
      • When it’s over, it’s over
      • Rule of two feet: don't like the topic then walk away
  • 9. Difficulties
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/2788648775/
      • Format can create anxiety for some people
      • Might not look as good on the resume for presenting
      • Some people just aren't going to be happy 
  • 10. Recent Events
      • National Library Unconference Day, May 2, 2011 http://blog.8bitlibrary.com/libuncon/
    •  
      • 2011 THATcamp Southeast March 5, 2011: http://southeast2011.thatcamp.org/  
    •  
  • 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/revuesorg/4557524230/sizes/o/in/photostream/
  • 12.
    • Planning your own
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/eklektikos/2541408630/
  • 13. What do you need?
      • A theme/need
      • A venue
      • A date
      • Sponsor or other funds
      • Communication tools/logo/publicity/other
      • People to help
    •  
  • 14. Getting Ready
      • Conversation
      • People to help with logistics 
      • Way to organize:
        • email
        • wiki
        • Google Group
      • Be flexible 
      • Get the word out
  • 15. LibraryCamp West
  • 16. Funds
    •  
      • Keynote Presenter (if you have one)
      • Supplies
      • Food
      • Space
      • Schwag
  • 17. Need to have ready    
      • Room with plenty of chairs
      • Marker pens
      • Large sheets of paper
      • Schedule slots ready to be filled in
      • Whiteboards
      • Recycling & trash bins
      • Nametags 
      • Duck tape
      • Food
      • WiFi
      • Enough power sockets
      • Hashtags
    •  
    • From:  http://work.miramarmike.co.nz/2009/10/how-to-facilitate-barcampunconference.html
  • 18. Tips and tricks
    • Do x, y, and z...no really.  Seriously.  Z's are really important (as in sleep).  
    •  
      • Don't over prepare, difficult for perfectionist but is important
      • Diversity of roles for planners/facilitators is handy, i.e. someone to be creative, someone to ask questions, etc.
      • Library camps/unconferences are casual
      • Many unconferences are hybrids, and borrow some of the traditional concepts of a conference (keynotes, registration fees, etc.)
      • Utilize social software, like wikis
      • When planning a date/place/time, remember:  Every day is a bad day for  somebody.
    •  
    • Think of yourself as the host or hostess for this event.
  • 19. Remember!
      • Whoever comes are the right people
      • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
      • Whenever it starts is the right time
      • When it’s over, it’s over
      • Rule of two feet: don't like the topic then walk away
  • 20. Day of Advice
    • Remember this is new for a lot of folks let them know what they need to do that day, such as:
    •  
      • Help come up with the schedule
      • Participation in discussions is encouraged
      • Help in taking notes
    •  
    • For the organizes remember:
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      • You can't control everything
      • Things will be stressful in the beginning, but it will happen
    •  
  • 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035678396@N01/4299713318/
  • 22. Advice for attending
      • Come prepared to share information, ideas and questions. Unconferences work best when people are willing to share.
      • In order to encourage the spirit of sharing, use open-ended questions.
      • Give everyone an opportunity to share their ideas.
      • Keep track of ideas that interest you.
      • Exchange business cards with those people that you want to continue talking with after the unconference.
      • Bring whatever you need for taking notes (e.g., paper, pen, laptop, PDA, etc.)   
    •  
    • Selections from:  http://cnylibrarycamp.wetpaint.com/page/Advice+for+Participants
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  • 23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahockley/2481722549/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  • 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nirak/4651409376/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  • 25. When all is said and done...
      • Step back
      • Enjoy the results
      • Take pictures
      • Take videos
      • Learn for the next go round
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9352758@N04/2121437918/
  • 26. Final Thoughts....
    • Remember: 
      • rule of two feet
      • let things happen
      • Discussion
      • Informal 
      • Free or low cost
    •  
    • and finally:
      • This type of event will not work for everything
  • 27. Selected Resources:    
    • Books:
    • Steve Lawson, tech set
    • forthcoming Michelle Boule
    • Open Space Technology: A User's Guide
    •  
    • Websites:
    • http://www.openspaceworld.com/users_guide.htm
    • http://www.unconference.net/
    • http://www.openspaceworld.org/
    • http://work.miramarmike.co.nz/2009/10/how-to-facilitate-barcampunconference.html
    • http://chronicle.com/article/The-Unconference-Technology/65651/
    • http://chimprawk.blogspot.com/2006/07/advice-for-planning-bar-camp.html
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference
    • http://www.slideshare.net/mekiser/library-camp-how-to-run-an-unconference-at-your-library
  • 28. Examples of Unconferences
    • Master list of Library Camps/Unconferences: 
      • http://liswiki.org/wiki/Library_Camp
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    • Examples: 
      • http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2008/08/22/library-20-and-beyond-getting-our-hands-dirty-library-unconference/
      • http://librarycampperth.wetpaint.com/
      • http://wiki.oreillynet.com/foocamp06/index.cgi
      • http://librarycampks.wetpaint.com/
      • http://thatcamp.org/
      • htt p://denver-stella.pbworks.com/
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  • 29. Questions? http://www.flickr.com/photos/76283035@N00/1507585665/
  • 30. Thank you!
    • I can be found at:
    • ashuping.net
    • Link for my presentation will be located on my webpage