The only thing more informative than a conference* is an UNCONFERENCE. Or as the esteemed Eric Stoller observed recently: "Giving an Unkeynote at an Unconference. Should be Unbelievable."
Indeed, I would expect an unconference unkeynote to be nothing less than extraordinary. And so, the bar is set high for my upcoming talk at the Programming Unconference Northeast, taking place September 27, 2013 at the Darien Library.
Organizer Erin Shea explains the origin of this event over on the Darien Library Tumblr:
Over sushi in Seattle, Janie Hermann (Princeton Public Library) and I were talking about how it would be cool to organize a little “unconference" for programming librarians to network, share ideas, and learn from one another. Then we got Andy [Woodworth] on board and he wouldn’t stop bugging me.
Hence, Programming Unconference Northeast was born!
This unconference is completely free and lunch will be provided. You only need to pay for your travel.
Lisa Carlucci Thomas will deliver the keynote.
Please reblog and share with all your librarians who may be interested! We thought this would be a good professional development opportunity especially for those who do not attend the national conferences.
Go forth and reblog! See you in September.
* Conference crashing is also very informative.
A recap of my ACRL/NY presentation, Designing the Imperative: Transformative Culture (& The Power of Yes) is now available on the ACRL/NY website. Author Barbara Bonous-Smit provides a nice summary of the themes, topics, and examples I shared during my talk.
"Her main focus was on transformative culture and its role in nurturing entrepreneurship in academic libraries, and the challenges it presents. She also focused part of her presentation on the “power of yes” in entrepreneurship and libraries and how it fuels creativity."
"Examples of transformative culture include the San Francisco Public Library; the Great Library Road Show; the ALA Think Tank; and librarian, Andrea Davis and her involvement with the South by Southwest Interactive movement."
“The outlandish idea,” states Carlucci Thomas, “might be the thing that changes the environment."
Read the full recap:
See the Symposium photos @ ACRL/NY Flickr
Midwest Libraries: Save the Date!
The 2013 MCLS Annual Meeting will take place on October 4th, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. I'll be kicking off the event, addressing the program theme: "Open Spaces, Open Data, Open Access: Transforming Today's Libraries."
Orvella Fields, Indianapolis Central Library
Steve Teeri, Detroit Public Libraries, HYPE Makerspace
CJ Lynce, Cleveland Public Libraries, TechCentral
David Lewis, Dean, IUPUI University Library, and Indiana University, Assistant Vice President for Digital Scholarly Communications
Looking forward to an exciting day of conversation and learning!
More information: MCLS Annual Meeting
On March 29, 2013, I presented "Innovation & Librarians" at 49th Library Week, an annual conference organized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism (General Directorate for Libraries and Publications) and the Turkish Librarians' Association, held at the National Library of Turkey in Ankara. Although a previous commitment prevented me from making the trip, I was glad to contribute my presentation via Skype from Connecticut, USA.
It was an honor to speak with Turkish library colleagues about recent creative and technology advancements in American libraries and to share my ideas about what's next on the horizon.