Unconference 2014: Santa Barbara City College

Registration is now open for another UNCONFERENCE* for all California Community College Librarians [submitted by Elizabeth Bowman, Assistant Professor]
Saturday May 3 from 9:00am-4:00pm
Santa Barbara City College Luria Library 

This Unconference connects community college librarians from around California in a low-cost, high participation professional collaboration.  Attendees will collaborate online prior to the Unconference to identify community college librarianship topics they’re interested in presenting to the group or facilitating a discussion about. Everyone will be both teacher and learner.
The two MAIN types of experiences at the Unconference: 

1. Presentations that last 7 minutes with 5 minutes for questions/feedback. Presentations will either be about a project an attendee has done that they think other librarians would be interested in or an idea they have for a library-related project that they’d like feedback on (or to find possible collaboration between colleges) from the audience. There will be 2 of these sessions during the day.


2. Group discussions on topics that last 50 minutes. There will be 3-4 different discussion groups going on during each of three discussion periods. The goal is to allow everyone to contribute to the discussion.

Additional experiences: Recess! Improv! Good coffee! Beautiful views! Laughter!

Registration is free and will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis for up to 50 attendees. Organizers will help you find reduced motel rates and shared housing with local colleagues.

Follow the Unconference 2014 website for updates, information on how to register and collaborate.*What is an Unconference?
The ALA definition: “An unconference is a participant-guided experience that actually brings the unstructured conversations people usually have between conference sessions into the conference itself. Unlike most conferences where a group of leaders determine what will be discussed, the participants make those decisions at an unconference, and usually either on the day of the unconference or shortly before.”