Library Camp London March 2013

Session Pitches

You can record your session pitch ahead of time. You don't have to do this - you can just pitch on the day itself. Mentioning your idea here means you can connect with library campers with similar ideas and make connections if you're interested in co-facilitating a session. If you need some guidance on what makes a good session take a look at this page, which was kindly put together by Sue Lawson (@ShedSue).

Healthy Libraries in times of change – pitched by Mary Cavill. Many Libraries, particularly in the health sector, are losing stock and staff, but I’d like to sow seeds of a hopefully positive discussion on how to continue working and marketing valuable services despite austerity…
Librarians and personality - pitched by Rosie Hare (@rosiehare) and Andrew Preater (@preater). Librarianship is sometimes thought of as the natural domain of a certain personality, in particular the introverted type. We disagree with this, and in this session we will challenge this perception and discuss how a range of personalities are suited to library work. Ahead of Library Camp London on Thursday 21st February uklibchat will be hosting an extra chat on 'Librarians and personality' to seed our session with ideas - an agenda is to follow (note changed date - not Monday 25th February as was planned).

Museum libraries w00t - pitched by Kirsty Braithwaite (@cursed_tea) and Sarah Stewart (@BioStew). Museum librarianship is awesome, but it can be a little hard to get information about it, or to meet other people in the same field. If you work in a museum library and want to have a natter, or if you're simply curious about museum library work, join us for a chat. Comment: @KrisWJ this sounds great, I love getting together with other museum librarians!

Disasters in libraries. Proposer: Sonja Kujansuu @Sonja_Kujansuu - I would also like to lead a session on disasters to collections in libraries. Disasters can be naturally occurring (floods, fires, storms, etc.), human-made (arson, theft, vandalism, riots, etc.) which can be deliberate or accidental or can happen with technology (power failures, damage to computer records). I would like to hear more about disasters to collections which people may have gone through at their libraries, the role of Disaster Management Plans, how the disaster was handled and what you learned from the situation. I am planning to write my dissertation on water disasters to collections in libraries and would be interested in hearing more about others' experiences with those.

Book repairs. Proposer: Sonja Kujansuu @Sonja_Kujansuu - I would like to propose a session on book repairs. I will give a short summary on the book repairs I currently do at the Bodleian Law Library and bring some of the materials and instructions I use so that people can look at them. I would like to know more about how book repairs are handled in other libraries.

Rhymetime - Proposer: Linsey Chrisman @spoontragedy - I have wanted to do this ever since the first ever library camp! I am proposing not a session *about* running Rhymetime, but a session that *is* Rhymetime! This will involve the enthusiastic, participatory group singing of nursery rhymes with associated actions. Think 'The Grand Old Duke of York' with library folk marching around, 'Wind the Bobbin Up', 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', and many more. I will have Lyle the Crocodile (my puppet) and other props, including a parachute. Don't worry if you don't know many nursery rhymes - enthusiasm and the willingness to be silly are the only requirements for participation. After four years of doing Rhymetime, I firmly believe that group singing makes you happy, and I think many library staff could use a mood booster around now. Come along and let your hair down! Comment: @RichardVeevers Count me in:) though I'm not sure I'll be much good at letting my hair down. Altogether now! "A leopard has lots of spots......"

The Rise of the Generalist Librarian? – pitched by Alex Addyman @zaddyman and of particular interest to librarians currently working, or hoping to work, in Higher Education (although I'd be interested in hearing from other sectors too). I’m interested in what people think about subject speciality in academic libraries. Some libraries are moving more towards a generalist/customer service approach whereas others maintain the importance of subject expertise. I think that subject expertise is very important but also I appreciate the need, particularly in stretched times, to support a range of subjects - what do others think?

Comics/Graphic Novels/Anime - Proposer: Richard Veevers @RichardVeevers I'm an unabashed affecianado of these much maligned miniature masterpieces. I have found them capable of reaching normally reticent or non readers, whilst possessing an unexpected beauty and depths of subtlety. I want to encourage those who aren't sure about the worth of this medium to come along. If you don't agree with what I say you can use the law of two feet. If you find yourself agreeing with me there's the possibility of a whole new literary landscape. A landscape not only for your borrowers, but also for you.

Design your own Library and Information Qualification - Proposers: the @uklibchat team (find out about us at - What should be studied in a modern librarianship and information studies qualification? What did you find most useful if you've done a Master's, PGDip, or undergraduate degree, and what have you never used? What do current students make of the content of their courses? If it was up to you what would you bin and what would you include? It's a good opportunity to discuss what the core skills are across different sectors and what direction we're heading in as a profession.

The Sweary Session- Proposer: Richard Veevers @RichardVeevers Otherwise known as F*&k off you C*&t (An Alternative to Decking 'Em) Originally a session I suggested for [[#|#LibCampUK12]] but didn't get to attend. I want to take this beyond a collective Janovian "Primal Scream" to solicit, and offer, advice. Having spent the best part of a decade working in pubs and nightclubs I think I've some useful suggestions.

Leadership Without Portfolio - Proposer: Penny Binary @pennyb I would like to discuss leadership when you are not in a leadership or management role. You can lead and drive ideas and change without waiting for permission or the right job, whatever level you work at (and even when you're unemployed). Professional activity and personal projects are about more than CPD and making your CV look nice, you have the power to make stuff happen and do the right thing. Comment: @RichardVeevers I didn't know that I wanted to talk about this until I read this. Now I realise there's so much to discuss 45 mins won't be long enough. I think this might carry on in the pub afterwards.

Speed Networking - Proposer: Laura Williams @theatregrad(If anyone is interested in helping with this one please get in touch).
Speed networking, think speed dating but with more professional library talk and potential career benefits. The opportunity to meet new people is one of the great things about attending library camp events but with such a busy schedule of sessions to attend, food to eat and friends to catch up with, it can prove a challenge to find time to introduce yourself to all the new faces too. Speed networking will provide an opportunity for connecting you with people you don't already know, put faces to the names from Twitter or give you a chance to reconnect with those you've met before.

Librarians without libraries - Proposer: Elly O'Brien @ellyob there are many of us working outside of "traditional" library roles and organisations*, but who still identify ourselves as librarians. This session will be an open-floor discussion about the non-traditional roles librarians inhabit and how these remain compatible with the professional identity of "librarian". We will also debate how to convey this diverse professional identity to the wider world, and also within the profession to ensure that our view of the profession is inclusive. *please take "traditional" with a pinch of salt

How do you solve a problem like... the printed book? - Proposer: David Clover @davidclover As space is needed to make room for new books (until at least the promise of e-books is realised) and more often to free up space for users and students what do we do with the legacy problem of print collections. As much fun as it is to weed, how do we ensure stewardship of a national collection. In the HE sector UKRR has provided one means of retaining a national print legacy for journals, but what should we do for the older and perhaps little used book (and who should do it)? A discussion on weeding and retention and the importance of the 20th century book.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords…: technology, digital libraries, and the future of librarianship - Proposer: Simon Barron @SimonXIX. The quantity of digital information now far surpasses the quantity of printed information (1). Technology is now unavoidable in librarianship and new developments in mobile computing, cloud computing, information retrieval, and augmented reality continue to change the way that users interact with information. In this session, we’ll discuss the future of librarianship in an age of abstracted digital information. Will librarians need to become librarian-IT hybrids and what skills does this require? Is librarianship moving from a traditionally humanities-based subject to a science subject? What should a digital library be? When software can replicate the capabilities of the human mind, what role does the human have in information management? For more information on this session, see this introductory blog post at Undaimonia.
(1) As of February 2010, the Library of Congress contained approximately 10 terabytes of information in book form and 160 terabytes of information in archived websites (Gleick, 2011).

Zombie Thriller Dance anyone? Proposer: Ka-Ming Pang @agentk23 I am definitely up for this! Also, Destiny's Child used the Thriller Dance in their video for Bootylicious, so any kind of mash-up of both songs would be excellent! ;) Rosie Hare @RosieHare

What if the world were ruled by librarians? Proposer: Ian Clark @ijclark and Anna Brynolf @brynolf - drawing on our professional ethics, what would a world run by librarians look like? What would our manifesto look like? What policies would we put forward? How different would the world look if our professional outlook formed the basis for governance? Aiming for an informal discussion, perhaps leading to some sort of list of policies.

Escape from L.C. Proposer: Gary Green @ggnewed and Snake Plissken(possibly). Surrey Libraries make use of web services outside the library catalogue & corporate website to produce online promotions highlighting areas of our stock, resources & services. Examples of sites we've used include Tiki-toki (highlighting historical and local studies resources), Woices (a literary walk) & Google Maps (highlighting fiction set in specific locations). I'd be interested to find out about other services like this that require no programming, are free and freely accessible via the internet, look good & can help us promote our resources in new ways beyond the library catalogue, whilst at the same time drawing library users back to our services.

Cycling for libraries. Proposer Graham Seaman @navtis There is a natural fit between cycling and libraries (really!). There is an annual international event ( tying the two together. It gets almost no UK participants. What can we do to replicate and feed into the success of cyclingforlibraries? How about an M25 Consortium library tour? Or a feeder ride to Dover or Harwich for the main cyclingforlibraries event? Or getting involved with the bike library ? All it takes is a little cabal^H^H^H nucleus of cyclists to get together and start something!

The knowledge archive of today. Proposer: Katharine Schopflin @schopflin As a phd researcher, I know that organisations' corporate records hold untold glories ready to answer the questions which concern us about how we create and use information. As a knowledge management practitioner, I know most of the juicy stuff will remain locked in people's work accounts and probably disappear before anyone sees it. How do we save this information and make it manageable and accessible? Should we even try, or instead seek alternative methods of unlocking organisations' stories?

Facilitating the "Coming of Age" of Open Source Software in Libraries. Proposers: Bernard Scaife and Andrew Preater. In order to benefit from a move towards agile library systems and software which better reflect the needs of 21st Century libraries, we need to encourage a step change in the institutional adoption of Open Source Software as replacements for our key library systems. We will discuss how can we drive this agenda forward by using new hybrid business models which allow this to happen.

DRM Is Broken (and that's OK) Proposer: Terence Eden @edent. Many libraries offer ebooks online using the OverDrive system. The DRM (digital restrictions management) means that books cannot be read after 2 weeks. Or can they? Includes a live hacking demonstration showing how easily DRM can be circumvented. This talk explains what DRM is and why it doesn't work, leading on to an argument discussion about how we can move forward.

CodeClub in the Library Proposer: Terence Eden @edent. I've been teaching kids to code in my local library. Every week I teach 10 under 14s how to program computers using Scratch. Learn how you can set up your own Code Club with the resources from

QR Codes Proposer: Terence Eden @edent. Find out about those funny black and white squares, how they can be stuck in books, on walls, in leaflets, and more. Are they suitable for your library? What are the risks? Costs? Benefits?

Hidden Collections Proposer: Katie Birkwood @girlinthe. The RLUK Hidden Collections report has identified that hidden collections of various kinds are an immense problem for UK libraries from all sectors. This has also been recognised in the recent RLUK & OCLC report , and will also feature in RLUK's Unique and Distinctive Collections report. It's often said that the funding climate for pure retrospective cataloguing projects is increasingly bleak. So, what are our hidden collections. Are they 'special collections' or something else? And what can we do to get them out into the light?

CraftCamp. Proposer: Katie Birkwood @girlinthe. An afternoon session designed for those people who reach their social-interaction limit after half a day at a busy unconference and like some time to unwind (see what I did there?) with the craft of their choice. I'll be knitting, but crocheters, cross-stitchers, embroiders, tatters, spinners, and all manner of other fibre-wranglers or the fibre-curious are welcome. Time and space to chill out and talk about libraries or wool or nothing at all.

Open Access. Proposer: Frank Norman @franknorman (but looking for someone else to join up with). This is one of the key issues for academic research dissemination, Open Access is having a big impact on academic libraries and that impact is set to get bigger as OA grows. There is a huge amount of discussion about OA, so perhaps it is a time to give it a rest? Do we want LibCampLdn to be an OA-free zone, or is it an issue that should be discussed morning, noon and night? I am interested in the extent to which librarians feel it is their role to 'push' OA, as opposed to leaving it to academics and researchers who are enthusiastic about OA to persuade their colleagues. @lmossinfo I will join you, I'm particularly interested in OA and repositories, and I'd also like to discuss how repositories deal with creative outputs.

Radical Libraries. Proposer: The Itinerant Poetry Librarian @librarian with Alice Corble @alicecorble. Alternative or avant-garde library projects engaging with the public, often led by individuals or entities outside the formal arena of traditional library organisations or practitioners, seem to be enjoying a current renaissance. This session will examine some of the models of praxis occurring around the world, including Mexico, the USA, India and the UK. We'd like this session to help attendees examine these models of praxis to see if they can offer useful forms of librarying that can be adapted or (re)-introduced to traditional library purveyors, as well as hoping these case studies will open up a discussion around library practice per se.

Creative CPD. Proposer: Elly O'Brien @ellyob. As training and development budgets contract, how can we continue to develop when we can't attend formal courses? This will be an interactive session encouraging people to share stories and ideas for creative ways to do CPD - whether they are things you've tried or not, all ideas are welcomed.