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'TeachMeet - librarians learning from each other' / Niamh Tumelty and Katie Birkwood

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Paper given at LILAC 2011 (http://lilacconference.com/WP/) to explain what LibTeachMeets are, and why they're particularly useful for librarians who are new to teaching.

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'TeachMeet - librarians learning from each other' / Niamh Tumelty and Katie Birkwood

  1. 1. TeachMeet: Librarians learning from each other Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library LILAC, Monday 18 April 2011 http://camlibtm.info / info@camlibtm.info Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library
  2. 2. So, what’s TeachMeet? http:// flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  3. 3. So, what’s TeachMeet? <ul><li>An ‘unconference’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By teachers, for teachers </li></ul></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  4. 4. So, what’s TeachMeet? <ul><li>An ‘unconference’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By teachers, for teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focussed on sharing ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical, helpful, inspiring </li></ul></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  5. 5. So, what’s TeachMeet? <ul><li>An ‘unconference’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By teachers, for teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focussed on sharing ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical, helpful, inspiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Everyone participates </li></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  6. 6. So, what’s TeachMeet? <ul><li>An ‘unconference’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By teachers, for teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focussed on sharing ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical, helpful, inspiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Everyone participates </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone learns </li></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  7. 7. So, what’s TeachMeet? <ul><li>An ‘unconference’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By teachers, for teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focussed on sharing ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical, helpful, inspiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Everyone participates </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone learns </li></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  8. 8. Rules http://flic.kr/p/8tYKQ
  9. 9. Rules <ul><li>2- or 7-minute presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Something you’ve tried yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No sales pitches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And no powerpoint! </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/8tYKQ
  10. 10. Rules <ul><li>2- or 7-minute presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Something you’ve tried yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No sales pitches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And no powerpoint! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anyone can speak </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Order chosen at random </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No hierarchy, no keynotes </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/8tYKQ
  11. 11. Rules <ul><li>2- or 7-minute presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Something you’ve tried yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No sales pitches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And no powerpoint! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anyone can speak </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Order chosen at random </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No hierarchy, no keynotes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No obligation to pay attention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can have your own conversation in the corner </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/8tYKQ
  12. 12. TeachMeet for Librarians? http://bit.ly/9BBPaB
  13. 13. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>We teach too! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>71% use training skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% use teaching skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research by Design (2010) ‘Defining our professional future’ </li></ul></ul></ul>http://bit.ly/9BBPaB
  14. 14. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>We teach too! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>71% use training skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50% use teaching skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research by Design (2010) ‘Defining our professional future’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>We like to share… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>…but isolated in our teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…and often lack teacher training </li></ul></ul>http://bit.ly/9BBPaB
  15. 15. TeachMeet for Librarians? http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  16. 16. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>TeachMeet can help: </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  17. 17. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>TeachMeet can help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick and cheap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To attend… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… and to organise </li></ul></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  18. 18. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>TeachMeet can help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick and cheap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To attend… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… and to organise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What worked? What didn’t? </li></ul></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  19. 19. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>TeachMeet can help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick and cheap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To attend… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… and to organise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What worked? What didn’t? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to present </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  20. 20. TeachMeet for Librarians? <ul><li>TeachMeet can help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick and cheap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To attend… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… and to organise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What worked? What didn’t? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity to present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  21. 21. Cambridge: beginnings http://bit.ly/b2TWqx
  22. 22. Cambridge: beginnings <ul><li>Isla Kuhn heard about TeachMeets from some teacher friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She blogged briefly about it </li></ul></ul>http://bit.ly/b2TWqx
  23. 23. Cambridge: beginnings <ul><li>Isla Kuhn heard about TeachMeets from some teacher friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She blogged briefly about it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lots of other local library folk liked the idea </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They decided to run with it and see where it went </li></ul></ul>http://bit.ly/b2TWqx
  24. 24. camlibtm was born http://flic.kr/p/5JnLdn
  25. 25. camlibtm was born <ul><li>People met up to discuss ideas </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/5JnLdn
  26. 26. camlibtm was born <ul><li>People met up to discuss ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed some basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethos: fun, friendly, welcoming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed to encouraging new speakers </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/5JnLdn
  27. 27. camlibtm was born <ul><li>People met up to discuss ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Agreed some basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethos: fun, friendly, welcoming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed to encouraging new speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capitalising on momentum and contacts from 23 Things Cambridge programme </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/5JnLdn
  28. 28. Development of the event http://flic.kr/p/6fXV8W
  29. 29. Development of the event <ul><li>August 2010… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opened bookings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-signup via pbworks wiki </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6fXV8W
  30. 30. Development of the event <ul><li>August 2010… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opened bookings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-signup via pbworks wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Started small to see how it would g(r)o(w) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Room held a maximum of 50 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations of 2 or 7 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some built in networking time (at the beginning and half-way through) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More relaxed about rules to encourage participation </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6fXV8W
  31. 31. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010 http:// flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  32. 32. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010 <ul><li>Amazing response! </li></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  33. 33. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010 <ul><li>Amazing response! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookings made before we even had a confirmed venue </li></ul></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  34. 34. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010 <ul><li>Amazing response! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookings made before we even had a confirmed venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully booked well in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A self-organised waiting list even formed itself! </li></ul></ul></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  35. 35. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010 <ul><li>Amazing response! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookings made before we even had a confirmed venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully booked well in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A self-organised waiting list even formed itself! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost more speakers than could be accommodated. </li></ul></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  36. 36. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010 <ul><li>Amazing response! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookings made before we even had a confirmed venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully booked well in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A self-organised waiting list even formed itself! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Almost more speakers than could be accommodated. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding from CILIP East of England & Cambridge Library Group </li></ul>http:// flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  37. 37. But what did people think?
  38. 38. But what did people think? <ul><ul><li>“… an interesting, informative,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fun and friendly evening.” </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. But what did people think? <ul><ul><li>“… an interesting, informative,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fun and friendly evening.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I was thrilled that it was so informal and so unhierarchical” </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. But what did people think? <ul><ul><li>“… an interesting, informative,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fun and friendly evening.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There was a real variety of presentations, so plenty of food for thought, some of which I took away to look at possibly adopting.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I was thrilled that it was so informal and so unhierarchical” </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. But what did people think?? http://flic.kr/p/B7TmB Very useful, sometimes contradictory feedback!
  42. 42. But what did people think?? <ul><li>Venue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too big / too small </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/B7TmB Very useful, sometimes contradictory feedback!
  43. 43. But what did people think?? <ul><li>Venue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too big / too small </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too long / too short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendly / too informal </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/B7TmB Very useful, sometimes contradictory feedback!
  44. 44. But what did people think?? <ul><li>Venue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too big / too small </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too long / too short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendly / too informal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When to have it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekend / weekday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full day / half day </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/B7TmB Very useful, sometimes contradictory feedback!
  45. 45. But what did people think?? <ul><li>Venue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too big / too small </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too long / too short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendly / too informal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When to have it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekend / weekday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full day / half day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More please! </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/B7TmB Very useful, sometimes contradictory feedback!
  46. 46. camlibtm II: 29 March 2011 http://flic.kr/p/9vVTkx
  47. 47. camlibtm II: 29 March 2011 <ul><li>We acted on feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60 participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More food! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less strict on timings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More informal seating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More networking </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/9vVTkx
  48. 48. camlibtm II: 29 March 2011 <ul><li>We acted on feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bigger venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60 participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More food! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less strict on timings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More informal seating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More networking </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/9vVTkx Funding from Schlumberger Research Centre and the Arcadia Project
  49. 49. The idea has spread… http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  50. 50. The idea has spread… <ul><li>Confirmed TeachMeets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Huddersfield , 9 February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newcastle , 4 May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brighton , 25 May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liverpool , 26 May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>London , 20 June </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sheffield , 10 November </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  51. 51. The idea has spread… <ul><li>Confirmed TeachMeets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Huddersfield , 9 February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newcastle , 4 May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brighton , 25 May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Liverpool , 26 May </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>London , 20 June </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sheffield , 10 November </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ideas in the pipeline: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oxford, Bournemouth, Leicester… </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  52. 52. …and not just to libraries http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  53. 53. …and not just to libraries http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  54. 54. …and not just to libraries <ul><li>TeachMeet Museums (#TMMuseums) </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  55. 55. …and not just to libraries <ul><li>TeachMeet Museums (#TMMuseums) </li></ul><ul><li>Organised by the Digital Learning Network </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  56. 56. …and not just to libraries <ul><li>TeachMeet Museums (#TMMuseums) </li></ul><ul><li>Organised by the Digital Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>4 February at the British Museum </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  57. 57. Keep in touch http://flic.kr/p/6fJGQU
  58. 58. Keep in touch <ul><li># LibTeachM is the hashtag for all things LibTeachMeet </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6fJGQU
  59. 59. Keep in touch <ul><li># LibTeachM is the hashtag for all things LibTeachMeet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual event tags: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#camlibtm, #hudteachmeet, #toonlibtm, #livlibtm, #imeetdmu, #ldnlibtm, #btnlibtm </li></ul></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6fJGQU
  60. 60. Keep in touch <ul><li># LibTeachM is the hashtag for all things LibTeachMeet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual event tags: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#camlibtm, #hudteachmeet, #toonlibtm, #livlibtm, #imeetdmu, #ldnlibtm, #btnlibtm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>LibTeachMeet calendar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Work in progress) </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6fJGQU
  61. 61. Keep in touch <ul><li># LibTeachM is the hashtag for all things LibTeachMeet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual event tags: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#camlibtm, #hudteachmeet, #toonlibtm, #livlibtm, #imeetdmu, #ldnlibtm, #btnlibtm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>LibTeachMeet calendar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Work in progress) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TeachMeet forum on the LAT Network </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/6fJGQU
  62. 62. How to make your own http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  63. 63. How to make your own <ul><li>Get some friends together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or people you’ve only ever met on Twitter/blogs) </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  64. 64. How to make your own <ul><li>Get some friends together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or people you’ve only ever met on Twitter/blogs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a glass of wine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or some chips, or some cake…) </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  65. 65. How to make your own <ul><li>Get some friends together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or people you’ve only ever met on Twitter/blogs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a glass of wine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or some chips, or some cake…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Select a date, time, venue </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  66. 66. How to make your own <ul><li>Get some friends together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or people you’ve only ever met on Twitter/blogs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a glass of wine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or some chips, or some cake…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Select a date, time, venue </li></ul><ul><li>Tell people about it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And hunt down some funding </li></ul></ul>http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  67. 67. How to make your own <ul><li>Get some friends together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or people you’ve only ever met on Twitter/blogs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a glass of wine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Or some chips, or some cake…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Select a date, time, venue </li></ul><ul><li>Tell people about it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And hunt down some funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul>http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  68. 68. TeachMeet: Librarians learning from each other Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library LILAC, Monday 18 April 2011 http://camlibtm.info / info@camlibtm.info Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library
  69. 69. TeachMeet: Librarians learning from each other Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library LILAC, Monday 18 April 2011 http://camlibtm.info / info@camlibtm.info Niamh Tumelty · @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library Niamh Tumelty · @niamhpage Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe
  70. 70. TeachMeet: Librarians learning from each other Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library LILAC, Monday 18 April 2011 http://camlibtm.info / info@camlibtm.info Niamh Tumelty · @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library

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