Tech Camp unConference

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TechCamp UnConference

Awesome Tech UnConference Sponsored by the Michigan State University Main Library - May 15, 2009

We're also at Facebook:

We've blocked off some times for the day so we get in all the good stuff

Proposed Agenda:

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. - 9:45 Introductions and topic creations (Yo - if you have a topic you want to discuss, add it below and we can work on this piece ahead of time)
9:50 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. First Breakout session
10:40 - 10:50 a.m. Report/Share/Talk/Digest/Download Time
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Lightning rounds
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch On Your Own or Group Lunch at International Center
1:35 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Recheck topic suggestions
1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Second Breakout session
2:40 p.m - 2:50 p.m. - Report/Share/Talk/Digest/Download Time
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Panel

- Topic Suggestions

These would be for break-out sessions where you'd have a group for 45 minutes to delve the topic

Google Analytics - Sonya Schryer Norris and Steve Bollinger ('cause the stats rock but the help pages are so ugly and awkward it's hard to concentrate on what they're saying and besides that goal thing is just a hassle to set up)

Tech Support IS Reference! - Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly. Do you provide tech support at the reference desk? We do, and we see it as an opportunity to connect with our patrons and learn something new! We'll discuss how to keep up with technology, what core competencies for reference librarians are, and WHY to provide tech support as a reference service at all (or why not! All sides of the topic are welcome!)

Widget Mania! - Scott Mellendorf and Beth Johns. Many Database vendors offer search widget authoring tools to create search box widgets for quick access to specific databases. Let's talk about this access method. Is it a good idea? If so, what's the best approach? Any examples? If not a good idea, why not?

Something About Drupal - Phillip Kwik. Several libraries, and the MLA, are using Drupal for web content management. I have no specific ideas in mind for a topic, but I thought there might be interest in a discussion of our experiences. Email me at ideas at

- Lightning Rounds

These are where you do a quick 5 minutes to the whole group on something cool you've got going. Let us know if you're up for this by putting your name and topic below

Plinkit - Sonya Schryer Norris

SearchGuides (Widgets and Research unite!) - Scott Mellendorf

- Me! Me! I'm Coming!

Elizabeth Bollinger - Michigan State University Libraries
Chris Ayar - Evanced Solutions
Holly Hibner - Salem-South Lyon District Library
Sonya Schryer Norris - Library of Michigan
Mary Kelly - Salem-South Lyon District Library
Beth Johns - Saginaw Valley State University, Zahnow Library
Scott Mellendorf - Zahnow Library, Saginaw Valley State University
Kristin LaLonde - Arab American National Museum, Library & Resource Center
Phillip Kwik - Troy (MI) Public Library
Maria Almaguer - Troy Public Library
Lindsay Payne - Troy Public Library
Donna Babcock - Troy Public Library (MI)
Sheri Glon - Kent District Library
Stephen Bollinger - The Capital Area District Library Donna Garbarino - Troy Public Library

- I So Want to Be There But I Can't Make It

- OK, I Admit It, I Don't Know That Much About UnConferences or How They Work. Can You Fill Me In?

That's cool. Play a little catch-up before the meet:

- Our Most Excellent Sponsors, First and Foremost the Michigan State University Libraries

Many thanks to the Michigan State University Main Library:

- Our Totally Cool Supporters

Many thanks to our business and technology supporters.

The Michigan eLibrary,
Gale Cengage:
LearningExpress Library: