ILL librarians from around the state will descend on Salina Public Library tomorrow, August 7, for the inaugural edition of Kansas ILL Camp! No canoe races, no macaroni necklaces, no s’mores (well, maybe s’mores), just plenty of chances to swap ideas with other Kansas ILL’ers and discuss the ins & outs & ups & downs of interlibrary loan. This camp will follow an “unconference” format – no keynote speaker or preset agenda. There will be several round-robin sessions where anyone who wants can discuss topics like:
… handling OCLC requests
… dealing with no-shows
… working to “go green”
Lunch will be catered by Martinelli’s Little Italy for $10.
The camp wiki is here ; if you can’t join us in Salina, check back in a few days for the ideas and discussion generated, along with pictures of happy campers!
There are still a few spaces available, so if you are feeling spontaneous and can join us, please let Connie know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kudos to our camp counselors Connie Hocking, Salina Public, and Melissa Lieneman, Manhattan Public, for organizing a great event!
Today marks my first day back at work after this year’s awesome Kansas Library Conference.
The good news is that there are some really awesome ideas being implemented and batted around here in Kansas.
One word kept popping up over and over again: APPROACHABILITY. It seems that the more things change the more they stay the same, and when it comes to approachability, this is (in my opinion) is still one of our most valuable skills in the library.
How do you create an environment of approachability in your library?
Just one more quick note: excellent session on reference in today’s world by Joe Janes and I am now listening to Nancy Pearl. What I really like about the method of this conference is that the delivery is styled to the presenter. Nancy is conducting a conversation with us – no formal presentation but answering our questions. Joe Janes did more a straight presentation with questions woven in and taken at the end.
The variety is helping me stay engaged in what would otherwise would be a lonnng day online.
The sessions are backed up by discussion forums and the archives of the recorded sessions. Tomorrow, I’ll talk about them.
P.S. WebJunction is the sponsor for the PLA Virtual Conference. Thank you, WebJunction!
I am sitting here at my desk in Topeka (10:18 a.m. CDT) and enjoying a session on weeding – have you heard of the CREW method? This is my first virtual conference and although it’s early I think I am going to meet some new people and encounter some new ideas.
Don’t you think we need to try this in Kansas? I sure want to.