What is an Unconference?

There is no real schedule for an Unconference: it’s blank when the conference begins. Participants will be responsible for choosing topics. Library conference rooms have been set aside for sessions.  All participants are active ones in the Unconference! Sign up for topics that fascinate you and make your voice heard.

Q: What’s an Unconference? What should I expect?

A: An Unconference is an event where every attendee participates! No one sets up the schedule in advance; those who love a particular topic, have stories to share, or who want to know more about something sign up at the event to organize a session or just participate in one others have created.

Q: How do I become an Unconference presenter?

A: Some Unconferences ask you not to plan. However, we are librarians; you’re going to plan! Take a look at the Google Doc and see if there are other topics or supplemental issues you would want to discuss with others. At 10 a.m., we’ll vote on the topics for each break out session and assign a facilitator for each session. The facilitator does not need to have a lot of prior knowledge of the subject. It’s kind of like leading a book discussion: you just need to keep the group engaged and on topic.

Q: What if I don’t want to be a presenter?

A: That’s fine too! Attend the break out sessions, network with your colleagues, take notes, get energized instead.

These FAQs were adapted from Margaret Howard’s excellent explanation of an Unconference.


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