Blogger Kiera Parrott

Hosting an Unconference in a Few Easy Steps

Since 2009, my library has organized and hosted a one-day unconference for youth services librarians called KidLibCamp. Our very first unconference was organized by Linda Braun (YALSA Past President) in collaboration with then-Head of Children’s Services, Gretchen Caserotti. The event was an immediate success and we’ve been hosting the one-day professional development camp every year since. Next month will mark the 5th annual KidLibCamp and while it is mostly attended by librarians in the CT-NY region, we’ve received inquires from librarians from around the country wanting to know more about unconferences and how to set up one of their own. The Basics: Have you ever been at ALA or another big conference and you find yourself in deep discussion with another librarian while waiting for an event to begin, or while walking around the exhibits, or (most likely in my case) in line for the ladies room? Sometimes these impromptu…