What are your concrete outcomes from #libcampuk12? What will you do differently in your job/life in the future because of attending?
I have asked this question on twitter yesterday, yet I am not sure what my own reply is. Let’s see what happens while I write this post…
As I have changed jobs recently I didn’t have any concrete problems or things that I brought to this library camp, as I am still learning how things work in the new place and why we are doing things a certain way. I will only be able to question and change once I know what the rationale for a process is at the moment and then I might decide that I don’t agree or it just doesn’t make sense. At previous library camps I always had specific questions, ideas or needs that I wanted to deal with, e.g. how to plan a library space, how to motivate myself or how to implement a new idea at work.
I believe that all this made it harder for me to get the most out of the event. I also didn’t chat to as many new people as I had hoped. There were a lot of people I knew from previous events and by the time I had caught up with most of them the day was over.
There are still some points I am taking away from the day though:
- I have found out about some more games and game-y things that I can explore, even if that isn’t necessarily for work. I am not a gamer and was never a good loser. It’s a big exciting mystery to me.
- I must find a better system to not just hang round with people I know at events. There is always a temptation to do this as many of them I don’t see at any other times but I know I am good at networking and meeting new people at conferences and events. This time I realised that how well I socialise depends too much on my mood (yes, believe it or not) and possibly sugar intake.
- I am good at introducing people to each other who should have met ages ago. (No, not as in match-making but I could try if you have someone in mind.) How can I use that better?
- I must also write the topics I am meant to discuss with people I hardly ever see in my hand (or somewhere else obvious). I was meant to have two conversations on Saturday that I didn’t have because I forgot (and the other people didn’t bring it up either – ahem!).
- I had my first meeting with my chartership mentor and I think I understand how to approach my PPDP now.
- I have enthused people to possibly arrange two more library camps: Ireland and Sheffield.
- And now for aiming high: try to build a world (or at least a camp) without doors. They inhibit people to enter/leave discussions. Library Camp Leeds sessions took part in one large hall (later park) and it was much easier to join other sessions and groups.
One quick question: Are there any unconferences for language learning providers/resource centres yet?