Library Camp Was Great!

Two thumbs up to my first Unconference!  Library Camp Kansas was a great experience, and I feel a lovely sense of professional (re)invigoration.  I am feeling a little under the weather this week and so not up to my usual exhaustive recap ;-) … but wanted to share a few highlights.

Being an Unconference, we didn’t determine the topics for discussion until the morning of — and, little surprise here, the topics trended towards the techie — Google +, what’s going to happen with ebooks, augmented reality & QR codes, mobile reference, etc.  There were also a sprinkling of sessions on advocacy and (my fav topic ever) library programs show & tell.

I think it’s neat, and telling, that a fluid format like the unconference drew a lot of creative and tech savvy types, more so than I’ve perhaps seen at other recent librarian gatherings.  I saw a lot of iPads!  And smartphones, and a very active #libcampks11 twitter feed.  And yes — even more important than the toys & gadgets — lots of great ideas & energy.

Among my fav. tools & ideas shared on Friday:

My favorite discussion of the day might have been the last on mobile reference.  I shared a few examples from Lawrence Public Library’s social media team, where we sometimes offer guerrilla-style twitter reference, tweeting reading recommendations, catalog links, and database suggestions to tweeters with random, “hey, I wonder…” style tweets; we also heard some fun stories from librarians who’ve used iPads and smartphones to “blow up” the reference desk.

Looking forward to next year’s Library Camp — thanks again to the fabulous organizers for a job well done, and their MANY great online resources housed in the Library Camp KS wiki.

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