Time for a Monday redux of a busy day at my second Barcamp unconference. This year, I decided to be ambitious and pitch a session on eBook at the public library. Working in the reference department, I deal with eBook questions on a daily basis. My session was moved several times throughout the day (nature of the beast of a unconference.) I had a small but great group come to learn about ebooks. This was good as I could answer individual questions about certain eReaders. Part of my presentation touched on the Lowcountry Digital Library, to which CCPL contributes content. There was an interest in my session for a Barcamp session on genealogy research. (A great idea for next year. I’ll have to entreat a coworker to present.)
I also was able to attend some great sessions. I went to one to learn how to spend less money at the grocery store. Some of the info was not new to me but I did pick up some good tips from the presenter. For instance, you can go to www.houseparty.com and get coupons for free products that manufacturers want you to try out. the point is for you to have a party showing off the new products and send in videos or pictures. I also attended an interesting session on knitting, presented by the fabulous Vera Hanneford. I have tried to learn to knit a few times and wasn’t getting the hang of it. So I went to try to pick up some tips. Vera talked about her love of knitting and tried to help some who came with their projects or how to get started. Vera also designed and made several special Barcamp hats. I completely am going to order one from her because it would take me forever to make one.
I am a big fan of unconferences. You don’t really know what you will learn or who will be there. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together. I also think it’s a great opportunity for the technology and creative community to meet and exchange ideas. I really encourage anyone to come out next year and bring your talents to their collaborative event. Here’s the group shot