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Library Camp of the West 2008 (lcow08)


Thanks to all who attended the Library Camp of the West!


Conference Notes

Notes from sessions are being posted and linked from Discussion Sessions.


Feedback and ideas for next time

We feel like LCOW was a rousing success, but we need to know what worked well, what didn't work so well, and what we should change if and when we do it again. Please use the Feedback and ideas for next time wiki page.


Aussie Survey

Please take this survey for our friends down under who will present their research on library unconferences at the Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference in November 2008.


LCOW08 Everywhere

Let's keep track of blog posts, photos, etc. on the LCOW08 Everywhere page.



LCOW08 was Friday, October 10 at the University of Denver.


University of Denver

Driscoll Center (North)

Denver, CO 80208

9:00am till 4:00pm


Meet with other library people from across Colorado and Wyoming (and elsewhere?) at the Library Camp of the West to discuss libraries and librarianship.



Have you been getting the email messages? Check out the LCOW08 Yahoo Group if you think you have missed anything.


Check out our logo by Denver comic book artist John Porcellino. You can buy a t-shirt or tote bag with this artwork.



What is Library Camp?


Have you ever felt that discussion groups and hallway conversations are the best part of library conferences? Would you rather have a meaningful conversation with a small group of library people than sit and listen to another PowerPoint presentation? Are you interested in sharing ideas about libraries?


Library Camp of the West is an unconference. Instead of creating a schedule of presentations and keynotes in advance, we (that includes you) will create a loose plan for the conference on this wiki ahead of time. On the morning of the conference, we'll set the day's schedule and break out into small groups over several session based on what attendees want to talk about.


Unconferences work when everyone participates. Come with ideas, notes, examples, visual aides, puppets, whatever. Leave the PowerPoint at home.


Sounds interesting. What do I do now?


Attendance is free, so put your name on the Attendee Information (we may have to cap attendance at about 100-150 people). Then suggest a topic to discuss on the suggested topics page. You'll need the wiki password, below.



Comments (3)

Anonymous said

at 10:46 pm on Oct 12, 2008

I had a great time, learned more about the value of stories and other topics. But, just a thought contemplating the day--the ethnic homogeneity of the attendees was quite remarkable. Did anyone else notice this?

Steve Lawson said

at 12:31 pm on Oct 13, 2008

Barbara, I'm sorry to say that I didn't notice that until you pointed it out. Any ideas of how to address that in future iterations? Any demographic figures for Colorado Librarians?

Matt Hamilton said

at 1:31 pm on Oct 13, 2008

This is something we are struggling with throughout the profession and specifically in Colorado as well. Because of the nature of the event, I would suggest two things: 1. Personally invite people to the event. I don't mean-- "hey you, you're latina-- come to LCOW09". I mean make sure to invite your friends who happen to be from under-represented populations. 2. Maybe next time, make it clear that this is a topic you'd like to see addressed and discussed in one of the sessions. Just some thought... hope to see others! I wonder to what degree various workplaces didn't make it possible for their staff members to attend as well. Being in Outreach and in an academic environment, it was easy for me to get permission. Is the same true for smaller academic institutions, for public libraries-- what about school librarians? It was on a Friday....

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