Did you know that registration for this year’s ALA Unconference is already open?
Through the publishing and connecting power of Twitter, I will be helping out with this year’s event (yeah!). First, a disclaimer: I’ve never been to ALA and I’ve never participated in an “unconference“, but I’m of the idealistic belief that this will ultimately be a benefit to my experience and what I can bring to the table.
According the wiki, an unconference is “a participant-guided experience that harnesses the unstructured conversations people usually have between conference sessions into the conference itself.” Instead of submitting panel and discussion proposals, choosing presenters, and making presentations, participants gather together at the appointed place and time and, via improvisation and collaboration, determine the days events, including: round table discussions, networking, and debates. The tentative schedule is on the wiki but is subject to change.
Michelle Boulle and Sean Robinson are organizing the unconference this year. Based on the talk from last year’s event, it is sure to be a hit. So if you want the chance to participate and collaborate up-close-and-personal with a roomful of innovative librarians, go to the wiki now and sign up!
Talk around the internets:
- The PLA Blog’s summary of last year
- Meredith Farkas on planning for the event
- Jason Griffey’s recommendation
- Michelle Boule’s recommendation