Andrew Walsh, academic Librarian for Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield and Training Officer of the CILIP Information Literacy Group, has kindly provided a report on the recent #LibraryCampCamp event that he organised.
Thanks to sponsorship from the CILIP Information Literacy Group, the very first #LibraryCampCamp, a library learning festival, was held over the weekend of 8-9th September 2018.
We were based at a campsite on the edge of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, with a mixture of outdoor and indoor space for us to use.
During the weekend we made draft zines on reading for pleasure and on play (they do need tweaking before they could be printed / distributed!), manually tweeted, chatted about lots of interesting and library-related things, tried new teaching ideas out, played games, made fire, and explored the gorgeous outdoor space.
I hope we’ll be able to run it again in 2019 (maybe as a wider “education” event as well as just library people?), probably with a stronger theme underlying it, and perhaps even “headline acts” to help justify attendance to employers!
I’d be interested in hearing what sort of event people would like if we ran it again. Should it be on a weekend (Saturday / Sunday for 24 hrs) or during the week (Thursday / Friday)? Should we have “headline acts”? What themes should we have? What part of the country should it be held in? Do we need posher indoor accommodation as well as space for tents / bunkhouse-style beds? Should it just be libraries, or should it be wider education / learning development, etc.?
The decision on another event will come later, but for now I hope people enjoy seeing some of the content we created under the links above.