Tomorrow I’m joining 174 other people interested in libraries at the first Library Camp UK. I’m hoping it’s going to be a little more civilised than the photo above – at least it should be drier as it’s indoors. It’s being held in Birmingham so I don’t even have to travel far (although getting up early on a Saturday will be a bit of a shock!).
I’ve proposed a couple of sessions, so if you’re interested in either of these ideas I hope we’ll be able to chat on Saturday.
1. What can libraries learn from retail?
Since reading Underhill’s book ‘Why we buy’ and writing a blog post about what libraries can learn from retail, I’ve been really interested in trying some of the ideas I had out. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to do so but it’s something I would really love to do. I think there’s a number of small changes we can make to our libraries to make them more inviting and user-friendly and encourage people to both spend more time browsing and borrow more materials. Visit my blog post to see some of my ideas. Anna Martin also has some ideas from research she did into this area a short while ago, and she’ll be helping out with this session. What I would now like to do is some case studies to test the theory. To do this we’d need to measure the baseline activity in the library before changes are made, then make small changes (layout changes, adding bags/baskets, books facing outwards, public ‘most borrowed’ list…) and see if activity changes.
Are you interested in working with me on this sort of thing in your library? Please come along on Saturday (or if you’re not attending, please email me or comment below and I’ll be in touch).
2. The transition from school to university and the importance of developing transliteracy skills via curriculum
I’ve given presentations to school librarians on this topic, but I’d love to get school librarians, FE librarians and HE librarians together to chat about ideas for supporting development of transliteracy (incorporating digital literacy and information literacy) skills throughout education. The recent Arcadia research project (also see project outputs on the wiki) by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker is one thing it might be useful to discuss, plus any innovative teaching ideas or ways we could collaborate to help each other out.
Again, if you’re interested please come along on Saturday, or contact me if this is something you’re interested in.
I’m also hoping to attend discussions on mobile technologies in libraries and I might try to attend something totally outside my current areas just to take advantage of bring with such a diverse group of people. I’m a little apprehensive about so many enthusiastic and passionate people being together and hope I don’t retreat into being a big scaredy cat! At least I know people are bringing knitting and crochet so I’m planning to schedule a bit of quiet time into the day to recharge.
Hope to see some of you there (if you haven’t met me before, the photo on my Twitter profile is far more up-to-date than the one on here!).