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Session proposals

You can just roll up and pitch a session on the day, but if you want to let others know what you want to talk about and perhaps find some collaborators then list your ideas here.
The aim is discussion and engagement, not presentations.
You'll still need to pitch your ideas on the actual day, so don't worry if you only decide on a topic on the day!

Previously at Library Camps:


@RichardVeevers I'm not planning on hosting or attending any sessions, buuuuuuut "Please! Won't Somebody Talk About":
Equality and Diversity in Libraries. Female/Male, Social Grouping, White/BME. Until we have the same demographic as the public at large, Libraries can't accurately represent them
Comics/Graphic Novels in Libraries. An undervalued media for turning non-readers into avid readers and for widening reading habits.
Copyright on Ebooks, Ejournals and Epapers. Where we are now, where we are going and where could we be?
On being told to "F^&k Off, you C%^t" how do you respond? If you're offended by this session proposal, you've probably never had to deal with being told to fuck off.
National Library Brand/Organisation. National purchasing of stock, borrow and return books anywhere.
Torrenting and other P2P technologies. Not just for pirates. @shedsue - I'd like a how to guide so I know what the competition is up to.
Ending charges for all Library services. Fines, DVD/CD/Audio-books, Internet Access, Reservations etc
Library Camp UK13

Not a proposal but a request! If anyone would be willing and able to talk about working abroad, or combining travelling with library/info work, @rachelsbickley would be very interested! Ta :-)
@SarahWolfenden - I wasn't planning on hosting a session this year but would be interested in anything about how people are dealing with budget cuts in Universities, Patron Driven Acquistion, how to resolve research versus teaching issues, why people are choosing not to belong to professional organisations.

@andywalsh999 Not a proposal as such, but I love the idea of the R-Squared conference that has just happened in Colorado - I'm tempted to try and organise something similar in the UK. So anyone fancy helping to organise a fully blown disruptive, fun, creative type conference to encourage risk taking and innovation in libraries? If so, grab hold of me in Brum...


1) How to organise your own librarycamp. Proposer @shedsue -> @bumsonseats: I'm happy to help with that
Do you want to run your own librarycamp? Got questions, problems, suggestions, fund-raising ideas? This session is to share what we've learnt and help others organise events, camps, unconferences....

2) How university resource centres can get the best out of mobile learning and open access. Proposer: @bumsonseats
I don't know much about this but would like to learn more and explore ideas. I would also like to meet someone who has turned a closed-access library into an open-access facility. -> not sure I'll get chance to lead this session, do the topics fit in with anyone else's ideas?

3) Book Repairs. Proposer: Sonja Kujansuu @Sonja_Kujansuu
I would like to propose a session on book repairs. I will give a short summary on the book repairs I currently do at the Bodleian Law Library and bring some of the materials and instructions I use so that people can look at them. I would like to know more about how book repairs are handled in other libraries.

4) Open Source software and cultural change. Proposers: Andrew Preater @preater and Liz Jolly @liz_jolly
We would like to propose a session to discuss the use of Open Source software (OSS) in libraries. We're particularly interested in discussing the cultural changes or cultural shift needed to develop and sustain the use of OSS in libraries, a typically risk-averse environment. What are the challenges, what do we need to do, and where are good examples found of cultural shifts to embrace OSS?

5) Games for Information Literacy. Proposer: Andrew Walsh @andywalsh999
I'm hoping to have at least one, possibly two card games ready before Librarycamp to help teach different aspects of information literacy, especially if a campaign I've got running works :) Would anyone be up for playing them, then discussing ideas for other non-digital games we could produce to use in our libraries?
@BenYMLeeAndy - I'd be happy to join you in this, my interest being in info literacy and building closer links between public libraries and schools.

6) Librarycamp non-digital hack day? Proposer: Andrew Walsh @andywalsh999
Possibly along with "(1) How to organise your own library camp", or probably just throughout the day as I bump into people.... I sometimes feel that unconferences like this generate lots of good discussion, interesting ideas, lots of positivity... but not much changes afterwards. I'm pondering organising a "practical day" as a result - in the run up to it people pick what areas they'd like to talk about, then self-organise into groups on the day, spend an hour discussing a "challenge" on that topic they'd like to discuss, then during the rest of the day they have to produce a practical "thing" to take away. This might be a plan and outline promotional materials for promoting ebooks, a rough & ready game (see my suggestion above) to play in their libraries, or who knows what else... IT people do Hack Days where they may create a piece of software - this would be a non-digital version!

7) Mental health in libraries and librarianship. Proposer: @pennyb
I don't just mean the usual books on prescription or supporting users. I also mean thinking about the language we use about both users and staff who struggle with mental heath issues, inside and outside our own organisations. I mean being OUT at work if you have experience of mental health problems past or present. I mean not using the problems of users or colleagues or other people in the profession (on mailing lists, on blogs, in the media) for cheap entertainment. I mean getting rid of stigma and reducing anxiety for everyone so everyone can be open, supported and happy without fear.

8) iPad lending - does it make sense? proposer: @franknorman
iPads are essentially personal devices - they work best when you can set them up just how you want, to integrate with your personal workflow. Academic libraries have started lending out iPads - but there is an uneasy tension between this individualised nature of the devices and their use as a shared resource. It would be good to hear others' experiences, and tips for overcoming this problem. Could also discuss how/whether the increased use of tablets is going to impact on the use of information resources (if at all!).
@sarahgb Frank, I would like to help with the session as this is a similar proposal to one I was going to suggest.

9) Classification- why are things put where they are?​proposer Anna Griffiths
Do you have book shouty incidents, where your classification system tells you to put something somewhere and you just know no one is going to find it there because most of the other books on that topic are somewhere else. Does this then make you want to reorganize the whole library based on a different classification scheme, or at least modify the one you have got to serve your uses more fully? Hopefully we can spend the time having a good moan about all such niggles and hopefully come up with some useful ideas. Could also cover
how the rise of online resources has given more importance to the semantics of searching and retrieval terms used.

10) On being told to "F^&k Off, you C%^t" how do you respond? An alternative to decking 'em! proposer @sarahgb from a suggestion by @RichardVeevers
If you're offended by this session proposal, you've probably never had to deal with being told to fuck off! I'm taking up the baton with this one. It's a subject we collectively talk about, we all know who the offenders are, but how do we respond? I don't know all the answers but I think we can generate a healthy discussion on this. Do your institutions have a policy on bad behaviour? Do they uphold it when it happens particulary to support staff? A chance to air problems and hopefully receive some useful hints and tips on how to respond to being told to fuck off, apart from decking the offender!

11) Rejection therapy - why it could be good for all of us - especially librarians (?) proposer @antlerboy
Just a suggestion (links to number 10 I think!), and could be fun - I'm no expert and goodness knows, librarians get enough rejection! But there's something about the need to be able to cope with this which is critical to the customer interactions we all have to manage - could be a fun break-out session - I will bring my rejection therapy cards... see www.rejectiontherapy.com - and we could have a broader debate about the 'soft skills' and 'leaderships skills' (if you'll forgive the terms) that are needed in the library sphere these days, and how you can get 'em....

12) 'local libraries or centralised hubs; what do the public really want?' ‏@wylie_alan

13) 'professionalism and ethos; have public libraries really got anything to learn from the retail/private sector?' ‏@wylie_alan

14) 'privatisation and outsourcing; is it a foregone conclusion?', 'the neo-liberalist agenda in public libraries' ‏@wylie_alan

15) 'bringing the politics back into libraries and libraries back into politics - can we create a more meaningful campaign for libraries' @antlerboy
This is based on a theory that there are two (maybe three) rather sterile and competing theories of libraries at present:
A) libraries are a good thing, they served me when I was young, where would we be without them, jumpers as goalposts etc.... they should never change and I'll fight to the death to keep 'em
B) libraries are a good thing, they just need to be brought into the 21st Century, we need fewer, better, more efficient and effective and achieving more for less
(and maybe the occasional 'challenge' of (C) 'libraries are dead to me and the web or whatever has taken over, forget about them')...
We all know that these characterisations are feeble caricatures of the rich and complex (and sometimes failing, or at least stumbling) reality. But when it comes to the national headlines, it really seems to be a case of (B) - usually the politicians in charge, those managing the finances, and those reporting directly to them versus (A) - usually the user groups, authors, defenders etc. Neither seems to really speak for the broad public and I think there's a slight underlying fear that (C) is true and it's all just deckchairs and titanics.
So for just one session my suggestion is that we go beyond the mechanics of building better libraries (pleased to see some rich material in that vein in the above - and quite a bit on a broader canvas too), and try to write a real political manifesto for libraries - not being scared of being political but making the social argument - what can we get people to actually vote for?
Not sure if that makes sense, so please hack it to pieces!

This proposal has been the subject of quite a bit of discussion - read and comment at the blog www.librarycamp.co.uk

16) Volunteers in libraries @travellingcoral

17) taking advantage of a pan-sectoral gathering I'd like to propose a discussion about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendr and queer) librarians and library workers and also services for LGBTQ "customers" - either as a proposed session or a more informal chat over lunch. Other countries such as the US and Australia have more formalised groups operating in this area and following some recent discussions want to flesh out what we might want in the UK... and what would work. I'm aware the CILIP Diversity Group has done some work in this area so if anyone could speak about that, that would be great. @davidclover

18) Public engagement within an academic library we're currently exploring increasing engagement with the public (outside of our academic users) with our reseach and historic collections through exhibitions but also other activities - and keen to hear from all kinds of libraries about what works and what doesn't (and for which groups of the public). Any experience from museums, art galleries also welcome. @davidclover

19) Proposer @James_Rock. "Designing The Human Centred Library" - Libraries are public services, and services don't just happen, they need to be carefully designed to meet the needs of their users. Service Design has evolved as a proven methodology that is used to design, or re-design services to meet changing human needs and is now being adopted widely across the public sector. Design Thinking is a creative way of using integrated thinking to look at new, and different ways of doing things. Can we combine these in Service Design Thinking to make our library services human centred spaces that deliver the services needed tomorrow and beyond? see more here: This is Service Design Thinking

20) Proposer @Librarian: The Roaming library. - We're going to librarycamp and would be happy to lead this "roaming library" session. We've got six years of experience specifically operating outside of library buildings, and have just been used as a case study in a presentation at the IFLA World Library conference in Helsinki for this specific topic. We can provide not just tips and practical advice, but provide other case study examples from around the world using this innovative model.

21) #uklibchat LIVE! Careers - proposer: the @uklibchat team
Do you have burning questions about job hunting, changing sectors, or career development? Are you in your dream job and want to share your tips? Are you just a bit confused about the whole thing? This was one of the most popular topics covered in #uklibchat this year, and we would like to facilitate a discussion about it, with (hopefully) a simultaneous Twitter chat for those who can't make it to LibraryCamp. For more information about #uklibchat, please see our blog: uklibchat.wordpress.com

22) "Librarians on Film: The Search for Stars"
It's often not what you say but how you say it. In this highly interactive (and videotaped) session there will be an opportunity to be filmed responding to a series of challenging, intriguing and occasionally off the wall questions - and to study how well you respond. Fun for librarians (or wannabes) of all ages, with the serious intent of seeing how your own verbal and body language responses mesh (or don't) under fire. Bring yourself and a sense of humour, leave with an increased sense of self-worth. The best bits from the shoot will be shared with the world at large. Proposer/facilitator @llordllama and @RandyWeasel. For previous examples of this session, see our YouTube Channel. <Llordllama's not coming now

23) "Storytelling workshop"
One thing I really miss having moved from public libraries to academic libraries is story time with children. I do, sometimes in my personal life still tell stories to children and wouldn't mind brushing up on my skills and shariing experiences with others. how to mange chatty adults, ideas for teeny tinys and ideas for older children. come one and all and be prepared to be silly. proposer/facilitator @st_cadburys

24) Supporting diverse learners proposer @charlierosina
I would be interested in hearing the different techniques and approaches people use in delivering library skills to various user groups, particularly international users or those with disabilities. How do you reach out to these groups and let them know the services available without bringing attention to or excluding them?

25) Using Pinterest and other experimental social media tools - proposer @stephthorpeuk - Interested in discussing ways libraries and info services can use Pinterest, and can share how our Careers information service is using Pinterest. We've also been thinking about other social media sites that aren't Facebook and Twitter; If anyone is interested/ or experimented with these (professional or personal!) or e.g. Timetoast, Diigo, etc, then we can have a discussion! Obviously there is no point using them for the sake of it, but we have found the right tool can be a better way to bypass restrictive/klunky content management systems.

26) Increasing services without spending money @AbigailHeath1- I'm interested in increasing the services we offer students through free open source software. We are looking at using free screensharing software to help offer students off campus help with accessing library electronic resources. With a colleague I'm also hoping to promote free citation management software such as Mendeley. Hopefully will be able to share our experiences and also gain ideas from others.

I'm not sure how many non-professionals are attending but as I have recently achieved ACILIP I am happy to bring my portfolio and share my experience if people are interested.

27) Librarians without 'libraries' @theatregrad - Is anyone interested in discussing the issues related to being a librarian without a physical dedicated library space for library users? Could be both librarians with a physical collection but a remote service or librarians with digital collections. For example my library/archive is a media archive within commercial business, we have a huge physical collection but mainly provides a remote service interacting with our customers by email/phone and sending items out in the internal post system. I'd be interested in discussing the challenges/problems faced by anyone working remotely from library users.

28) Gamification in libraries. @libmichelle - I'm completing a Coursera class on gamification and would be interested to explore how this could be applied to libraries. Might fit in with @James_Rock's session on Designing the Human-Centered Library as gamification is also human-centered. I'm not sure if I could lead this session as I don't know enough but happy to talk! (Note from @andywalsh999 - have you seen our gamification project, Lemontree? Nab me at Librarycamp if you haven't....)

29) Disasters in libraries. Proposer: Sonja Kujansuu @Sonja_Kujansuu - I would also like to lead a session on disasters to collections in libraries. Disasters can be naturally occurring (floods, fires, storms, etc.), human-made (arson, theft, vandalism, riots, etc.) which can be deliberate or accidental or can happen with technology (power failures, damage to computer records). I would like to hear more about disasters to collections which people may have gone through at their libraries, the role of Disaster Management Plans, how the disaster was handled and what you learned from the situation. I am planning to write my dissertation on water disasters to collections in libraries and would be interested in hearing more about others' experiences with those.

30) The Economics of Happiness and Libraries. Proposer: Gareth Osler @LibraryWeb - The West's concept of happiness. The sequence of events leading up to the current government's announcement of the development of a happiness index. Implications of this recent development in government policy for public libraries.

31) "Living books - borrow a prejudice". Proposer: Anna Brynolf @brynolf Last minute proposal idea to do with equality and diversity in libraries. I'd like to start by talking about a project run by some public libraries in Sweden* where the aim was to overcome prejudices/stereotypes by talking to and getting to know a "living book" i.e. a person - for instance, a vegan, an immigrant, a religious person or a senior citizen. The majority of the borrowers were very positive. Do we know of any similar projects in the UK? Is it the library's job to tackle people's prejudices and to break down stereotypes?
*Also Denmark, Ireland, other places?