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Library Camps and Unconferences


More and more libraries are working to organize their own library camps or unconferences - open, friendly and refreshingly informal gatherings for librarians to unite, exchange ideas, and share knowledge. This book provides you with the practical, step-by-step guidance you need to bring your vision of organizing a library camp to life. Author Steve Lawson walks you through the process from start-to-finish, with guidance for setting a date and location, organizing important technological components, planning events, and gathering equipment. You'll find advice for setting a budget, marketing your camp, and conference-day management, as well as tips for dealing with unexpected problems and methods for evaluating your camp's success.
Foreword - Ellyssa Kroski 1. Introduction: Library Camp and Unconference Basics 2. Planning 3. Implementation 4. Marketing 5. Best Practices 6. Measures of Success 7. References and Recommended Resources.

Steve Lawson is currently the Humanities Liaison Librarian at Colorado College. Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University, where he studied theater, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where he studied rare books, archives, and special collections. Prior to coming to Colorado College in 2003, Steve worked in the Science and Engineering Library at the University of California, San Diego.

"There is no other book out there on unconferences for the library world. Library or library association staff who are organizing or thinking about organizing an event would do well to consult this book."

Stephen Francoeur (Baruch College)

"Lawson's guide offers an excellent overview of the participant-driven conference and practical advice for anyone interested in organizing such an event. Even for librarians who are not planning to host a library camp or unconference in the near future, this book is an intriguing and informative read for those who are curious about the concept and how it works."

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