Library Camp

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Library Camps and Library Unconferences

For an extensive list of previous and upcoming library camps and library unconferences (and links to relevant wikis and blogs for those events), see the Library Camp entry in LIS Wiki.

Library Camp 2008 (Ann Arbor District Library, March 20, 2008)

UPDATE: We'll start in the Board Room on the 4th floor! Library doors open at 9 AM and bagels and coffee will be served, and we'll get started at 9:30. The agenda will go here once it's been created on thursday morning. See you all soon!

Attendee contact information

Library Camp doesn't mean burned marshmallows, mosquito bites, or popsicle stick-based art projects. Library Camp is a series of informal Unconference gatherings to share ideas, technologies, and discussions.

The next Library Camp will be held Thursday, March 20th, 2008, at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM.


The goal is to get a bunch of people together, and let them talk about whatever they'd like to talk about, within the rough purview of libraries and library technology. We'll start with all getting together with a blank schedule to talk about what we'd like to talk about and fill in a few slots on the agenda. We've got time for four sessions and room for at least 3 concurrent sessions, so there could easily be 10-12 different things to talk about during the day.

We're working on providing breakfast; lunch is on your own, but there will surely be groups heading out to nearby places in downtown Ann Arbor. There is also a mid-range hotel near by (The Campus Inn, $200/night, orbitz has for $99/night), and a very cheap place a little further out that's not half bad (Lamp Post Inn, $45/night).

If you have any questions about the event, please don't hesitate to email eli at [email protected] and he'll be happy to help, and if you're planning or hoping to attend, or have an idea for something you'd like to see a session about, edit this page and list your name or your suggestion! Thanks for your interest, and we hope to see you at Library Camp!

I plan or hope to attend!

  • Evette Atkin, MLC
  • Brian Austin, MLC
  • Amy Barnes, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Aaron Beebe, GDL
  • Helene Blowers, Columbus Metropolitan Library Sorry to not be able to attend. But am glad so many others from CML will there.
  • John Blyberg, Darien Library
  • Stephen Bollinger, CADL
  • Steven K. Bowers, Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET)
  • Amy Cantu, AADL
  • Suzanne Chapman, University of Michigan Library
  • Dave Carter, University of Michigan Library (will probably be late)
  • Celeste Choate, AADL
  • Mike Creech, University of Michigan Library
  • Samuel Davis, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Ryan Eby, AADL
  • Janet Elkins, UM-Dearborn Mardigian Library
  • Jeff Godin, Traverse Area District Library drat.
  • Kathryn Gordon, Wayne State LIS Program, Detroit
  • Alan Kirk Gray, Darien Library (hope) Reality trumps hope once again
  • Michael Haney, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Heidi Hansen, Wayne State LIS Program, Detroit
  • Rikhei Harris, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (hope)
  • John Hershey, Wayne State LIS program
  • Victor Ibegbu, Detroit Public Library
  • Roshayne Jaimon, AADL
  • Stephanie C. John, PALnet, Flint, MI
  • Ranti Junus, Michigan State University Libraries, Lansing Sorry, I ended up couldn't make it.
  • Anne Karle-Zenith, University of Michigan Library
  • Shana Kimball, University of Michigan Library
  • Melissa Kiser, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Molly Kleinman, University of Michigan Library
  • Eric J. Klooster, AADL
  • Jamie Lausch, AADL (afternoon)
  • Sarah Lowen, GVSU/Van Andel, WSU LIS Program
  • Andrew MacLaren, AADL
  • Sara Martin, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Linda Masselink, GVSU
  • Sara Memmott, Eastern Michigan University
  • Ronnie Morgan, GDL
  • Xanthe Muller, Wayne State LIS Program, Detroit
  • Peter Murray, OhioLINK Apologies, can't make it due to a higher priority commitment.
  • Eli Neiburger, AADL
  • Macrina Porter, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Philip Proefrock, Penchansky Whisler Architects (ex-Luckenbach|Ziegelman Architects)
  • Sean Robinson, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Elaine Ross, MLC
  • Maryellen Sandford, CADL
  • Eric Schnell, The Ohio State University Libraries
  • Kathy Schoening, Jackson District Library
  • Maura Seale, GVSU
  • Sarah Stopera, Wayne State LIS Program, Detroit
  • Carl Swanberg, Canton Public Library
  • Greg Syferd, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Steven Teeri, Detroit Public Library
  • Bill Tozier, Vague Innovation LLC I wish I had been there folks. Next time. Make it soon.
  • Susan Vedovato, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Ed Vielmetti, Pure Visibility, Ann Arbor
  • Kathryn Waggoner, GVSU

I wish I could be there/ I wish I could have been there!

  • Margie Brumm, Rochester Public Library
  • Pascal Calarco, University of Notre Dame
  • Jessamyn West, Vermont
  • Kathryn Greenhill, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • Hope Nobel, Leighton Township Library
  • Lee LeBlanc, iblee, Florida (a wish I could have been).

Session Ideas

  • How about post-netflix circ ideas? They've shaken up our customer's expectations... I wonder what Library Campers could come up with?
  • Life after the era of the ILS vendor
  • Cooperative development (inter-library coding)
  • Practical 2.0 magic
  • Cloud computing for libraries
  • Marketing your library services using the internet/2.0 technologies/etc.
  • Ideas for using smartphones in Reference
  • How many ways can libraries use social networking services?
  • Snapshot of the status of open source ILS's: Who's focusing on academics? Publics? # of members in each?

blogs on LibCampA2

  • DALNET Consortium
  • The Multi-Purpose Librarian
  • theunlibrarian
  • heidi go seek
  • Michigan Library Consortium