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Unconferences Carterette Webinars

  1. 1. Lowdown on Unconferences Andrew Shuping May 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is an unconference? </li></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><li>(also known as barcamp, infocamp, librarycamp, govcamp, open space technology, cupcake camp, foocamp, and more) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>&quot;Happy hour with colleagues, sans beer&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Buckland </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. or think of them as coffee breaks    <ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>INFORMAL!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agenda set day of the conference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone participates in an active discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More fluid, more easy to change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often no keynote speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free or low cost </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>&quot;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.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Where did they come from? <ul><li>From the open space technology which Wikipedia defines as: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;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.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some key tenants <ul><ul><li>Whoever comes are the right people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever happens is the only thing that could have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whenever it starts is the right time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When it’s over, it’s over </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rule of two feet: don't like the topic then walk away </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Difficulties <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Format can create anxiety for some people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Might not look as good on the resume for presenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some people just aren't going to be happy  </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Recent Events <ul><ul><li>National Library Unconference Day, May 2, 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2011 THATcamp Southeast March 5, 2011:   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
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  12. 12. <ul><li>Planning your own </li></ul>
  13. 13. What do you need? <ul><ul><li>A theme/need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsor or other funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication tools/logo/publicity/other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People to help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Getting Ready <ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People to help with logistics  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Way to organize: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>email </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wiki </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be flexible  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get the word out </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. LibraryCamp West
  16. 16. Funds <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keynote Presenter (if you have one) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schwag </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Need to have ready     <ul><ul><li>Room with plenty of chairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marker pens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large sheets of paper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule slots ready to be filled in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whiteboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycling & trash bins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nametags  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Duck tape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WiFi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enough power sockets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hashtags </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>From: </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tips and tricks <ul><li>Do x, y, and really.  Seriously.  Z's are really important (as in sleep).   </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't over prepare, difficult for perfectionist but is important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity of roles for planners/facilitators is handy, i.e. someone to be creative, someone to ask questions, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library camps/unconferences are casual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many unconferences are hybrids, and borrow some of the traditional concepts of a conference (keynotes, registration fees, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize social software, like wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When planning a date/place/time, remember:  Every day is a bad day for  somebody. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Think of yourself as the host or hostess for this event. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Remember! <ul><ul><li>Whoever comes are the right people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever happens is the only thing that could have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whenever it starts is the right time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When it’s over, it’s over </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rule of two feet: don't like the topic then walk away </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Day of Advice <ul><li>Remember this is new for a lot of folks let them know what they need to do that day, such as: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help come up with the schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in discussions is encouraged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help in taking notes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>For the organizes remember: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can't control everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Things will be stressful in the beginning, but it will happen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
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  22. 22. Advice for attending <ul><ul><li>Come prepared to share information, ideas and questions. Unconferences work best when people are willing to share. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In order to encourage the spirit of sharing, use open-ended questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give everyone an opportunity to share their ideas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep track of ideas that interest you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange business cards with those people that you want to continue talking with after the unconference. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring whatever you need for taking notes (e.g., paper, pen, laptop, PDA, etc.)    </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Selections from: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
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  25. 25. When all is said and done... <ul><ul><li>Step back </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy the results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn for the next go round </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Final Thoughts.... <ul><li>Remember:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>rule of two feet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>let things happen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free or low cost </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>and finally: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This type of event will not work for everything </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Selected Resources:     <ul><li>Books: </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Lawson, tech set </li></ul><ul><li>forthcoming Michelle Boule </li></ul><ul><li>Open Space Technology: A User's Guide </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Websites: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 28. Examples of Unconferences <ul><li>Master list of Library Camps/Unconferences:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Examples:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>htt p:// </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  29. 29. Questions?
  30. 30. Thank you! <ul><li>I can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Link for my presentation will be located on my webpage </li></ul>