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It's All Hallway! An Unconference Approach to Professional Development


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SLA 2011 DBIO Medical Section Program

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It's All Hallway! An Unconference Approach to Professional Development

  1. 1. It's All Hallway! An Unconference Approach to Professional Development Lisa Chow | Karen Huffman | Mary Talley SLA Annual Conference DBIO Medical Section Program Monday, June 13, 2011 | 10:00-11:30 AM
  2. 2. Introductions
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Overview of Unconferences (Karen) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Unconferences: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded Librarianship (Mary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HealthCampNYC: Community Health & Health Literacy (Lisa) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up (Karen) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Examples & Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Takeaways </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applying What You Learned... (You) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Definition <ul><li>SLA Unconference wiki </li></ul><ul><li>A facilitated, participant driven conference around a theme or purpose. This model is used to foster and engage better professional communication. There are a handful of ways unconferences are arranged. Organizations may include unconferences within traditional conferences. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 6. To Summarize... <ul><li>Key points </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participant-driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collective knowledge of the group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loosely based structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free-form meetings (or un-meetings) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BarCamps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Space Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcamps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mind Camp </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Four Principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whoever comes is the right group of 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><li>Law of Two Feet </li></ul><ul><li>“ Any persons neither learning from nor contributing to a group discussion must walk to another one.” </li></ul>
  7. 8. Rules Revised
  8. 9. Unconference Proposal <ul><li>Concerns: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unconference = unproductive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nontraditional concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxiety about this new idea </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A way to engage staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boost staff morale </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Format: All Day vs. 2 Hours
  10. 11. Capture Ideas
  11. 12. Summarize Ideas
  12. 13. Facilitated UnConferences 
  13. 14. Facilitated UnConferences - Why?
  14. 15. Facilitated Unconferences - When?
  15. 16. Facilitated Unconferences - When?
  16. 18. HealthCampNYC <ul><li>What: HealthCampNYC: Using Collective Knowledge to Improve Health Literacy and Community Health </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>When: May 14, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Where: New York metro and tri-state areas </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Who: Librarians, literacy professionals, public health professionals, medical professionals, community-based organizations </li></ul>
  17. 19. Timeline <ul><li>Six months before (December) - Reserve space </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Five months before (January) - First team meeting </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Three months before (February) - Send out Save the Date </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Two months before (March) - Send out event flier and info </li></ul><ul><li>One month before (April) - Open registration on wiki, finalize logistics, room setup, and technology requests </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>One week before - Go through list of suggested topics, printing/photocopying, etc. </li></ul>
  18. 20. Marketing
  19. 22. HealthCampNYC Wiki Stats
  20. 24. Opening Session
  21. 25. Discussion Topics <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  22. 26. Learning/Sharing/Brainstorming
  23. 28. Lessons Learned <ul><ul><li>Choose a different weekday, not Friday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better explain unconference concept and what the day will be like </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Give out evaluations at the beginning </li></ul></ul>
  24. 29. More Information <ul><li>HealthCampNYC Wiki </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>HealthCampNYC Summary Report </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  25. 30. Additional Examples & Resources <ul><li>SLA Unconference wiki </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> tag: Unconference   </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>LIS Wiki: Library Camps   </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Revitalizing Communication and Professional Development Through Unconferences&quot; Presentation at PLA </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>METRO LibGuide on Unconferences </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  26. 31. Key Takeaways
  27. 32. Unconference in ~30 minutes <ul><ul><li>How will you use this model? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Which model works best for you -- all day, 2 hours, [or less]? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are some challenges that you might encounter in your organization with doing an unconference? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five key takeaways from what you heard today? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other topics or ideas? </li></ul></ul>
  28. 33. Summary of Ideas