Monday, 28 October 2013

SALCTG goes to Library Camp

The Camp begins with a plenary session to decide the agenda
All photos courtesy of Lynn Corrigan
Library Camp Glasgow took place on Saturday, 26th October at the Mitchell Library.

A Library Camp is:
  • A user generated unconference
  • Open to anyone interested in libraries
  • Free to attend
Library Camp Glasgow was the first ever in Scotland, and had:
  • Library Camp Bingo
  • A Best Badge competition (which became known on Twitter as the #greatbritishbadgeoff)
  • Soapbox rants
  • Four slots each with two or three parallel sessions proposed by attendees
  • Tours of the Mitchell
About 55 people came and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. But what has it to do with SALCTG? Well, SALCTG was a major sponsor paying for afternoon tea and some of the prizes. A good number of people there were from member institutions, including four current reps: Karen McAulay, Andrew McDougall, Marjory McKean and Laurie Roberts. In fact, Karen won one of the badge prizes and Andrew won the rant. These were NOT fixes - the rant was decided by secret ballot, and two Mitchell staff who knew none of the contenders were seized upon to judge the badges. Congratulations to both!

Presenting Andrew with his prize for best rant 
Best badges: Karen and former SALCTG rep Sheila Williams

As organiser of Library Camp Glasgow I'm so grateful for SALCTG's support. There will almost certainly be another Scottish Library Camp next year. I hope to see you there!

Anabel Marsh

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