Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spaces + Places

Earlier today, a group of SU iSchool students hosted an unconference event focused spaces and places.  40-50 public, academic and school librarians along with LIS students and faculty attended the event. From everything I saw, the event was a success!  Congratulations to Stephanie Prato (@scprato), Sarah Bratt (@SarahSbratt), Mia Breitkopf (@MiaBreitkopf) and Matthew Gunby (@MatthewGunby) for conceiving and delivering this event.

The topics discussed were:
  • virtual learning commons
  • library outdoor spaces
  • geo-visual search
  • patron driven acquisition
  • making use of small spaces in libraries
  • non-public/special libraries
  • new technology in libraries
  • library as virtual space
  • library as a community center
  • making use of crappy furniture
  • makerspaces
  • developing policies for public usage of spaces 
Twitter didn't capture all of the ideas generated or conversations had.  However, looking back through the Twitter feed, here are some of the tweets of interest: 

I can here a few people saying, "You didn't use Storify!"  True.  I'd rather go "old school."  However, Mia did create a Storify from the tweets, which can be seen here.

Addendum (9 p.m.): Two employees from Gaylord Brothers were also in attendance.

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