Sunday, 3 March 2013

That's the way to do it! Librarycamp London

Andrew Preater, Gary Green, David Clover and staff at the Senate House Library organised and hosted a spectacular Librarycamp yesterday in London. The venue was fantastic and the hosts were awesome. There was a really interesting choice of sessions and over a hundred engaged and enthusiastic participants who brought tonnes and tonnes of tasty food.


Couldn't make it?

It's not too late to find out what went on and join the conversations....

Check out all the tweets using hashtag - #libcampldn,

plus there are photos on Flickr too.

Terence Eden has published audio of several of the sessions over on Terence Eden Has a Blog, including Overdrive DRM is Broken, Hidden Collections, Open Source Software in Libraries, Graphic Novels and Code Clubs.

Shane Dillon has created a Crowdstatus Twitter list

Simon Barron's crowd-edited session notes are here on Google Docs.

Brief descriptions of most of the sessions are up the libcampldn wiki

Katie Birkwood has Storifyed tweets about the Hidden Collections sessions...AND blogged about it too.

and Emma Illingworth, AKA @wigglesweets has blogged about Penny Andrew's Leadership without Leaders session.

You'll also find tonnes of libcampldn bookmarks saved on the wonderful Pinboard.

If you're on Facebook you'll find Librarycamp there too...

Personally, I learnt a lot and plan to put some new things into practice in my library around ebooks, DRM and Code Clubs. I hope you all learnt something new or discovered some useful information, contacts, tips or songs! My only regret is that we didn't manage to create a mashup of Richard's Sweary Session and Linsey's Rhymetime. Ah well...next time :)

My favourite session was Terence Eden's DRM is Broken, which included a live DRM hack demo (featuring a locked box of doughnuts as props), showing how easy it is to export Overdrive library ebooks onto any device including a Kindle plus a very lively discussion around library ebook lending. Download and listen to an audio version of that session (thanks to Terence for that) from Dropbox.

I also enjoyed the second half of Richard Veever's comics session and so, inspired by that, here's my view of the day!

In the Senate House Library
























on Saturday 2 March
...in what looked like a traditional library...
...people gathered...

...amongst the book lined walls...
...fuelled by cake...
...savoury delights...
...meetings and chance conversations...

...an unconference...
...takes shape.

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