Set up a signup page (used various things, but now settled on Eventbrite) and spent a lot of time tweeting everyone I could think of – event soon became much bigger than expected and feelers went out for somewhere with a free, private and quiet area we could use. Drum and Monkey. Over 30 expressions of interest altogether and over 20 arrived on the night! Lots of chat and enjoyment, but learned a) room wasn’t terribly suitable in layout for circulating so people didn’t mix as much as they could have and competition was difficult b) Surprise! – paradoxically, for a Twitter event, Twitter isn’t the best way of communicating! Hit and miss - you can just tweet and hope for the best, but I guess most people drop in and out of the conversation and might therefore miss announcements. Rather than swamp timelines with multiple reminders I resorted to DMs and @messages which are a bit time consuming. A function to message multiple people at once would be handy! Also, you can’t DM people who aren’t following you so not everyone saw all the details. I also had people signing up without their Twitter names which made them difficult to identify. It did ask for that on the intro to the sign up form - another surprise! Even librarians don’t read things, so remember that next time you complain about your users! Still a success, and people wanted more, but these lessons were valuably for future. Allowed more time for planning and made things more structured. Still publicise on Twitter, but sign-up provided basis for an email list so revert to old fashioned methods. Now 62. Also set up a blog so meetings flagged up there too, and reports appear afterwards. Very useful to refresh memory for this! Brings together links to what others write about GLTU.
Social media : collaboration, communites and cpd
Communities and CPD
What is a Library Camp?
• First – Michigan, 2006. First UK – Birmingham 2011
• Unconference / Open Space
• Free (or low cost)
• No pre-existing agenda / speakers. Discuss ideas /
problems attendees care about
• No hierarchies
• Participation, collaboration, proactive learning,
sharing best practice, networking
• 23 Librarians – could you be one?
• Library Camp 3? Who? What? Where?
• Advocacy? “The event, almost by default, was a
good showcase for the sheer economic value and
civic worth of what librarians and libraries can offer
the various publics of lay, civic and business. IMO
there is scope here for more broadcasting to other
audiences of these attributes.”
“I started something – so can you” (Ka-Ming Pang)
• Slide 5 c/o id-iom on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/id-iom/
• Slide 6 c/o Cobalt on Flickr
• Slide 7 c/o Solofotones on Flickr
• Slide 11 Naan c/o @macmarsha
• Slides 14-16 c/o Lynn Corrigan @lynncorrigan
• Slide 19 c/o Kejava on Flickr
• Thanks to @ijclark for sourcing 5-7 and 19
• All other images my own