Library Camp NYC

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
9 am - 4 pm
Baruch College (New York, NY)

The William & Anita Newman Library at Baruch College sponsored Library Camp NYC, which was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, in the college's conference facilities in the Vertical Campus building. This was a free event. The final Program is available, as are descriptions of all but a few of the discussion sessions.

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What is a "Library Camp?"

The first Library Camp was held at the Ann Arbor District Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April 2006 as an "unconference" to talk about opportunities and challenges regarding Library 2.0. It was organized by John Blyberg, and went over so well a Library Camp East was held in September 2006 at the Darien Public Library (CT) with about 50 attendees (organized by Alan Gray). Australia had its first library unconference on March 2, 2007, in Melbourne (see the l2 unconference Melbourne blog for details). Another Australian library unconference will be held on August 2, 2007: Library2.0 on the loose.

So what's an unconference? Unlike a traditional conference, where people have to pay registration fees to sit in an auditorium and listen to someone read off PowerPoint slides, there are no registration fees and everyone is an active participant. Whoever shows up are the right people for an unconference. The discussion topics are decided by the participants when they arrive, as well as topics that are brought to the forefront during discussions that are deemed as particularly important and are thought to be worthy enough by members of the discussion groups to have these topics break off into their own core discussion groups. The format has gained popularity in the technology field in recent years, because it promotes collaboration and engagement. (If you want to read more, see the What To Expect and the Unconferences pages on this site.)

If you've got something to share or present, please bring your slides, handouts, or simply your voice. It's essential that we have a critical mass of folks willing to actively participate. Discussions and presentations need not be that formal. As much as possible, we want to encourage an atmosphere of collegial sharing, debate, and brainstorming. This event is about exploration, discussion, and working together to find new solutions to common problems.

Coverage of Previous Library Camps


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