The Unconference – Library Camp NYC

Today I went to Library Camp NYC, the popular library technology unconference in Baruch College, Manhattan. If, you wonder whether I mistyped “unconference” – I didn’t.

Library Camp NYC is not a regular conference, where you pay to listen to industry leaders. Everything at the conference, including the breakfast and lunch was free.

Library Camp NYC is unconference, because everyone is expected to participate. Early in the morning we selected the topics , voted for moderators and agreed on a schedule. After that we started moving from room to room for the actual discussions and presentations.

Some of the popular library technology topics that we discussed were Blogging and Microblogging, 2.0 Show & Tell , Virtual Reference, Library Thing For Libraries.

To take a look at all the topics check the unconference wiki page. This was my first unconference and I loved it.

Changing the official format of library conferences into Web 2.0 share , collaborate and participate spirit is a efficient and very useful. Stephen Francoeur, Information Services Librarian at Baruch College did an excellent job with the organization of the conference.

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