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Library staff sharing about conferences



Michael Stephens at Tame the Web just posted something extremely cool. His library goes to conferences, just like everyone else’s libraries. But then, they go one step further:

One step further
They met and shared “top trends/learning/issues/thoughts they picked up on during the conference. How cool is that? But wait – they weren’t done:

Two Steps Further
They then listed good stuff out, and whittled it down to the top 6 things… and made a list. But wait, there’s more:

Three Steps Further
Then they brainstormed on each of the six points, created a document with action items from those points, and shared those with library staff! How completely cool is that?

So the moral of the story? Don’t go to conferences and not share anything at the end of the day… Share what you learned! I really like how Michael’s library did this – they waited until there were 2-3 big conferences under their belts, and then shared, disseminated, and created action points…

Why can’t all libraries do this???

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  • http://www.rhastings.net Robin Hastings

    This is a very cool idea! I’m doing something sort of similar for my library in that I’ve created a special blog for conferences. We’re going to be testing it out next week at the Innovative Users Group Conference in San Francisco. The three of us that are going have promised to blog the sessions we attend for the benefit of the staff left at home. I can’t wait to see what the results of this sort of real-time sharing will be!

  • http://www.rhastings.net/ Robin Hastings

    This is a very cool idea! I’m doing something sort of similar for my library in that I’ve created a special blog for conferences. We’re going to be testing it out next week at the Innovative Users Group Conference in San Francisco. The three of us that are going have promised to blog the sessions we attend for the benefit of the staff left at home. I can’t wait to see what the results of this sort of real-time sharing will be!