There’s been a flurry of interest in library TeachMeets, fuelled by Niamh Tumelty’s article on the CILIP Update blog. Cambridge leads the way: see http://www.camlibtm.info/, but Newcastle, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Leicester, Bournemouth and Oxford are all getting going.
Brighton is rich in library, information and knowledge workers: two universities, three public library systems, the NHS, school libraries, government libraries, commercial libraries, all those new media companies. Nearly all of them are involved in teaching activity, and we have some of the country’s leading shambrarians in our midst. Several of us think there might be the potential for an event here.
How would it work?
From Cambridge’s site:
TeachMeet is a fun and informal way for librarians and information professionals to share new ideas. We’re looking for speakers willing to give a 5-minute or 2-minute presentation about ‘techie tools and/or teaching tips’ , and for enthusiastic lurkers who are keen to learn something new, engage in discussion, and have a good time! It’s absolutely 100% free to attend, and everyone is welcome. Whether you’re a librarian, an information ninja, a shambrarian, or something else; whether you’re the head of your organisation or a junior assistant; whether you work in a university, a school, a business, or elsewhere, we’re looking forward to seeing you. If you want to speak, the only rules we have is that your presentation mustn’t be trying to sell us anything, and you must stick to the timeslot. You can use whatever presentation format you want: including PowerPoint, keynote, prezi, slide rocket, 280 slides, you could just talk, show something from the web, hold up a poster or you could sing a song!
So, this is very roughly what we have in mind:
When: Wednesday 25th May 2011. Time: 5.00-7.00
Where: Seminar room 2, Aldrich Library, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus.
Who: sign up in the comments, or e-mail us, or tweet using #btnlibtm if you’re interested in attending, and if you’d like to present. You’re not making a binding commitment at this stage. A de facto organising committee comprises @tomroper and @wigglesweets, but I’m sure we could use more people. Everything gratefully received.