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Tumelty & Birkwood - TeachMeet: Librarians learning from each other

  1. 1. TeachMeet:  Librarians learning from each otherhttp://camlibtm.info / Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | info@camlibtm.info English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library LILAC, Monday 18 April 2011 Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library
  2. 2. So, what’s TeachMeet?An ‘unconference’ By teachers, for teachersFocussed on sharing ideas Practical, helpful, inspiringEveryone participatesEveryone learns http://flic.kr/p/uJVbq
  3. 3. Rules2- or 7-minute presentations Something you’ve tried yourself No sales pitches And no powerpoint!Anyone can speak Order chosen at random No hierarchy, no keynotesNo obligation to pay attention Can have your own conversation in the corner http://flic.kr/p/8tYKQ
  4. 4. TeachMeet for Librarians?We teach too! 71% use training skills 50% use teaching skills Research by Design (2010) ‘Defining our professional future’We like to share… …but isolated in our teaching …and often lack teacher training http://bit.ly/9BBPaB
  5. 5. TeachMeet for Librarians? TeachMeet can help: Quick and cheap To attend… …and to organise Share ideas What worked? What didn’t?http://flic.kr/p/6FZUkC Opportunity to present Networking http://flic.kr/p/8oez64
  6. 6. Cambridge: beginnings Isla Kuhn heard about TeachMeets from some teacher friends She blogged briefly about it Lots of other local library folk liked the idea They decided to run with it and see where it wenthttp://bit.ly/b2TWqx
  7. 7. camlibtm was bornPeople met up to discuss ideasAgreed some basics Ethos: fun, friendly, welcoming Committed to encouraging new speakersCapitalising on momentum andcontacts from 23 ThingsCambridge programme http://flic.kr/p/5JnLdn
  8. 8. Development of the eventAugust 2010… Opened bookings Self-signup via pbworks wikiStarted small to see how itwould g(r)o(w) Room held a maximum of 50 Presentations of 2 or 7 minutes Some built in networking time (at the beginning and half-way through) More relaxed about rules to encourage participation http://flic.kr/p/6fXV8W
  9. 9. camlibtm I: 27 September 2010Amazing response! Bookings made before we even had a confirmed venue Fully booked well in advance A self-organised waiting list even formed itself! Almost more speakers than could be accommodated.Funding from CILIP East ofEngland & Cambridge LibraryGroup http://flic.kr/p/ibFGd
  10. 10. But what did people think??“…an interesting, informative,fun and friendly evening.” “I was thrilled that it was so informal and so unhierarchical”“There was a real variety of presentations,so plenty of food for thought, some ofwhich I took away to look at possiblyadopting.”
  11. 11. But what did people think? Very useful, sometimes Venue contradictory feedback! Too big / too small Talks Too long / too short Friendly / too informal When to have it? Weekend / weekday Full day / half day Networking More please!http://flic.kr/p/B7TmB
  12. 12. camlibtm II: 29 March 2011We acted on feedback Bigger venue 60 participants More food! Less strict on timings More informal seating More networkingFunding from http://flic.kr/p/9vVTkxSchlumberger Research Centre and theArcadia Project
  13. 13. The idea has spread…Confirmed TeachMeets: Huddersfield, 9 February Newcastle, 4 May Liverpool, 26 May London, 20 JuneIdeas in the pipeline: Oxford, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leicester… http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  14. 14. …and not just to libraries TeachMeet Museums (#TMMuseums) Organised by the Digital Learning Network 4 February at the British Museum http://flic.kr/p/6sK4Hc
  15. 15. Keep in touch#LibTeachM is the hashtag forall things LibTeachMeet Individual event tags: #camlibtm, #hudteachmeet, #toonlibtm, #livlibtm, #imeetdmu, #ldnlibtmLibTeachMeet calendar (Work in progress)TeachMeet forum on the LATNetwork http://flic.kr/p/6fJGQU
  16. 16. How to make your ownGet some friends together (Or people you’ve only ever met on Twitter/blogs)Have a glass of wine (Or some chips, or some cake…)Select a date, time, venueTell people about it And hunt down some fundingHave fun! http://flic.kr/p/7QBGb9
  17. 17. TeachMeet:  Librarians learning from each otherhttp://camlibtm.info / Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | info@camlibtm.info English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library LILAC, Monday 18 April 2011 Niamh Tumelty· @niamhpage | Katie Birkwood · @girlinthe English Faculty Library, University of Cambridge | Cambridge University Library

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