This morning I attended the discussion-inducing Unconference. The general structure of an Unconference has 4 major parts:
1. Brainstorm possible discussion topics
2. Divide into tables by discussion topic
4. Report to the entire group on your table’s discussion
There were 4 topics/tables at this session: technology at the library, the state of libraries, school librarians, and early literacy/youth programs.
Our table, made up of a variety of libraries representatives, rural to urban, school to public, small to large systems, tackled early literacy/youth programs with gusto and many a tangent. We began by talking about early literacy, which encompassed outreach, program/early literacy promotion, resources, early literacy play spaces, and storytime presenter training.
Our conversation then wandered into youth programming ideas (successes and challenges), program registration, summer reading (promotion, prizes, ways of measuring reading), passive programming, program promotion (online, print, etc.), and resources for program planning.
Finally, we touched on mock award discussions and state book awards in public libraries and schools.
It was wonderful to have a platform where every individual was encouraged to voice their questions, concerns, and thoughts. If you have the opportunity to attend an Unconference, I highly recommend it.