UK Library 2.0 Un-Conference anyone?

All the talk about unconferences over at Library 2.0 Ning got me wondering how many people would come to one based in the UK?

If you’ve not come across the term before, an unconference tends to have a general theme (e.g. Library 2.0) but the actual agenda for the event is decided on the day by whoever turns up. In fact, the people who do turn up are the “right” people for that particular event. There may be a small number of pre-planned sessions (e.g. someone talking about how they’ve used a blog in their library), but the idea is very much that you decide what you’d like to learn about and then one (or more) of the delegates volunteers to talk about it.

All attendees are expected to participate in some way — either by giving a short presentation or talk (vaguely relevant to the theme), or by asking questions during the sessions. Once the agenda for the day has been agreed, there will typically be multiple sessions running at the same time and a “two feet” rule applies — if the session you’re in isn’t of interest or isn’t what you thought it would be, you just leave and join one of the other sessions.

As you can imagine, the emphasis is very much on networking, discussion, spontaneity, serendipity, and the sharing of experiences. In fact, in some ways, an unconference emulates the networking that goes outside of the sessions at a formal conference.

So, if there was such a unconference in the UK, would you consider going?

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10 comments
  1. Ian said:

    Sounds a good idea. I’m up for it! it gets away from the normal conference idea where we’re all playing a role and representing something. Sort of like a physical HUG-L!

  2. I’d certainly be up for this, and so would quite a few other people here at the OU I think?
    SO much so in fact I think there’d be interest in hosting it… err…?;-)
    tony

  3. Tony — OU hosting might be good. I was struggling to think how we might be able to use the facilities at our library without disrupting the students!

  4. Hi Dave

    We ran a poll recently – http://www.talis.com/tdn/node/1699 – to assess interest in a code4lib-like event on this side of the water.

    The results, which are linked from that page, did appear to show some interest in that sort of event, at least.

  5. scott said:

    Could be fun (or a totally disaster!) but I’d be up for it.

  6. Hello.

    I’m putting one together concerning new-media.

    You can see details here:
    http://achubbucks.pbwiki.com/

    If this might include interest for you, by all means get involved, or get in touch with me fr details.

    You can add your name as a registrant to attend on the wiki, and/or offer a session.

  7. Patrick said:

    I think a UK Library unconference is a good idea. I’m interested in Library 2.0 and the Dublin Core X.500 specification. I’d be interested to meet any representatives with technical concerns or implementations.

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