So, its over again. After spending the last few weeks thinking about library camp, Antony and I can go back to normal life. Thanks to everyone who took part :)
Here are some of my notes from the event:
Session 1: Academic libraries, led by Steph
I only caught the end of this session but it was a discussion about the move away from subject librarianship. Will it improve services and will users notice?
I wonder if we as a profession have aided this move by not insisting that subject librarians have to have a background in the subject they support. I realise this is a difficult question because I can imagine that few of us will have an engineering degree and then decide to go into librarianship (for example), but that’s the way it still seems to work in some other countries, e.g. Germany.
Session 2: Creation of networks and partnerships in the Yorkshire region, led by Antony
– needed: a place that pulls together information about resources and services available in the region, and who can access it and how – could this be a map?
– for anything like this to be successful all staff need to know about it – need for training and maintained awareness
– Kirklees (Welcome scheme) and Bradford have had similar schemes, pulling together information from public libraries, FE and HE. Leeds has the West Riding Scheme, linking public libraries and HE.
– some university libraries are accessible to all during opening times, without need for ID
– a major factor is maintenance: every institution should update its one data, or if someone notices a change it must be possible to change information easily
– maintenance of personal links also essential
– is it worth investigating cross-sector events for customers? Public libraries already do this, e.g. working with universities, and there are access arrangements between NHS and university libraries
– need to think outside the box: approach new user groups, e.g. international students
– Leeds public libraries have community engagement plans, and any new ideas feed into these
– don’t forget about the amount of information that is accessible through public libraries, e.g. journals
– giving alumni access to university libraries might create space problems
– big problem: finance models don’t cater for ‘outside’ users, e.g. commuters who pay council tax elsewhere, non-university members – look at alternative funding such as community engagement funds
– would a regional database that searches all regional library catalogues by subject be useful?
– You can add details of your library/information service to the wiki. Please include information about who to contact and access.
Session 3: Promoting closed access stock, led by Antony
– ideally the library catalogue would be the way into the collection, and show materials near original result
– place holders on open shelves, showing what is available behind the counter/in stacks
– why is there stock that isn’t visible – is it needed?
– reasons for promotion? Aims?
– need personal connections for promotion, approach new user groups – session Session 2
– can your ‘invisible’ stock fill gaps elsewhere? That might be a way to promote it, by making it useful to others
– use staff expertise and let them recommend items to users when appropriate
– offer ‘behind the scenes’ tours, maybe treasure hunts (even online)
– link to relevant events, e.g. Heritage Open Days
– online promotion: film, blog
We played a general knowledge game created by the EU: Neurodyssey.
– I’m glad we organised it! It’s been a fun day and hopefully valuable, too. I met some new people and renewed some connections.
– It pleased me that most participants were from the Yorkshire region. This made networking even more relevant and I hope that some partnerships will be formed as a result of this library camp.
– We advertised for 60 participants and had fewer than 20. Was the date we chose the reason for this (bank holiday weekend, festivals, summer, upcoming national library camp)? Is there still a need for library camps?