Category Archives: Unconference

Two conference reports

I went to two conferences recently.

The SLA Leadership Summit mentioned collaboration quite a bit. It almost could have been the theme of the summit. Jill Hurst-Wahl wrote up a great short report concerning the meeting.

Before the summit, I went to the Science Online Conference in North Carolina. There were some good sessions covering collaboration between scientists and librarians. Videos of many sessions will be posted soon.  Other videos of non-sessions are here.  Here are some of the sessions concerning collaboration.

Data Discoverability: Institutional Support Strategies” – Kiyomi Deards, Molly Keener and Steve Koch —

Funding agencies are increasingly calling upon researchers to make data available beyond that shared in publications. Without guidelines stipulating deposit in specific repositories, responsibility for developing data management plans falls upon researchers and institutions. Join Kiyomi Deards, Molly Keener, and Steve Koch for a moderated discussion of how researchers and institutional constituents can collaborate to ensure sustainable data management strategies are developed.

The First Line of Response – The BP Oil Spill: science, outrage, spin, and dead pelicans – Miriam Goldstein, Kevin Zelnio, Holly Bik, Craig McClain and Andrew Thaler. John Amos of SkyTruth will participate via Skype.

…Outcomes from blogging the oil spill will also be discussed, such as funding opportunities for scientific research and outreach, collaborations, and media exposure.

Can E-Patients Save Health Care? Or at least find a new kidney – “E-Patient Dave” deBronkart, Joe Graedon, Terry Graedon, Pascale Lane, David Seidman, and Nancy Shute

…Others aim to transform health care altogether with participatory medicine, with patients and providers using Web tools to collaborate and make medicine better and safer.

“Creating Connections” Unconference

Free “Unconference” to be held at 2009 ALA Annual Conference Are you interested in attending a conference program where you have a hand in determining the topics discussed? Have you always wondered what really goes on at an unconference? As part of ALA President Jim Rettig’s “Creating Connections” initiatives, 75 conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free Unconference at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Unconference is a full-day conference program where every attendee is an active participant and determines what will be discussed that day. The program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Attendees will collaborate online prior to the Unconference to identify topics they are interested in presenting to the group or on which they are interested in facilitating a discussion. Everyone will be both teacher and learner, discussing the topics of most interest to them.

 Registration for this program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be included. Visit the Unconference page on the ALA Annual 2009 Wiki,, for details. Everyone will contribute, but everyone will gain more from the experience than what they contribute!