I attended my first unconference this morning – LibCamp Monterey. It was a great experience – representatives from a variety of libraries (all types) and all over the world. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad that with all that diversity, we still all seem to be dealing with the same issues: getting buy-in for change, prioritizing the end-user experience, deciding what to pursue and what to eliminate when resources are tight, and so on, and so on, and so on…
I liked the unconference format. We were a small enough group that everybody preferred to stay together instead of having breakout sessions. If we had more time, I think it would have worked well to have a large group session in the morning and breakouts in the afternoon to allow more in-depth discussion of topics. As it was, we covered a lot of ground and I got some interesting ideas – it’s always good to hear how other libraries are facing the same challenges we are.
All in all, a nice way to kick off Internet Librarian!