One College’s first Twilight Unconference was held for Information and Library professionals, working in secondary, further and higher education establishments in the East of England.
The focus of the Unconference discussions was centred around themes on the biggest issues facing library and information professionals. The group, made entirely of those who work in the educational sector, chose two topics to discuss, which had been added in advance to the Unconference Wiki. The first was on how best to prepare students for using the library successfully when going into FE and HE. The second discussion was about the Google/Wikipedia model that students tend to heavily rely on for research and what could be done to channel students to engage with other resources.
Delegates enjoyed plenty of lively discussion, and exchanged many ideas across the different sectors which were represented, had an opportunity to network, as well as enjoying a tour of One and our LRC during this successful event.
One secondary school librarian commented “Many thanks for organising the Unconference…It’s always useful to meet up with other Librarians…especially those from HE and FE. I hope we might be able to repeat it again.”
For more information, please contact Craig Martin, e-Learning Manager, Craig.Martin@suffolkone.ac.uk
What is an Unconference?
An Unconference is where participants decide on the programme at the beginning of the event, working on the principle that the sum of the knowledge, experience and expertise of the people in the room is likely to be greater than that of those on the stage at traditional conferences. The idea is based on "Open Space Technology" (Harrison Owen) which has four main principles and one law:
1. Whoever comes are the right people 2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have 3. Whenever it starts is the right time 4. When it's over, it's over
Law of two feet: If, during the course of the gathering, any person finds him or herself in any situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place.