Lawberry Camp

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By , May 6, 2010 10:28 am

by Erin Hoffrance

In 2008, I attended my first AALL conference in Portland, OR. During my time there, I sat in on the Gen X/Gen Y Caucus meeting. I have been on their email list and have been enjoying the newly established newsletter, Minding the Gap. In the Spring 2010 edition, there is an article about Lawberry Camp, held at Harvard Law School during the 2010 mid-winter session.

Lawberry Camp is an “unconference” that included topics such as library mash-ups, resource tracking, mobile apps, information literacy, and research guides. Organized by members of the Gen X/Gen Y caucus, Jason Eiseman, Sarah Glassmeyer and Meg Kribble, this conference is different from others in its open exchange of ideas and the fact that “much of the days’ activities were streamed on the Internet so that people who could not attend in person could still participate via chat or Twitter. Videos and archived tweets appear on the Lawberry Camp website.” The organizers and participants created a great forum in which to share ideas and technologies and also provided a way for information professionals to connect. I am entirely intrigued and wish I could attend the upcoming Lawberry Camp at the 2010 AALL conference on Saturday, July 10. I encourage you to read the entire article (written by Jason Eiseman, Librarian for Emerging Technologies at Yale Law School), because it is a new look and feel to the way we as librarians can keep the profession moving forward.

What color is your . . . um, plate?

By , May 4, 2010 5:11 pm

by Crystal Sherman Norton

Thursday, April 29, I attended the annual LLOPS Professional Development Workshop: “The Social Librarian: Changing the Landscape of Library Interactions.” I must say that the LLOPS Professional Development Committee did an excellent job at putting the entire workshop together.

Upon checking in with Registration, I was asked to visit a table over in the food and beverage section of the room and select a plate from amongst the many designs, colors and types of plates available. My first thought was that someone had recently been shopping at Value Village, and how “interesting” that was. As this particular activity was asked only of those who would be staying for the afternoon sessions, I was anticipating that we would be eating our lunch from whichever plate we selected. If that had only been the case.

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