What is an unconference?
This is from Eric Goldhagen’s blog and was written about Drupal Camp in NYC but applies to the IZL(u)C, too.
- An unconference is a participant centric conference, the structure is more concerned with the value to the participants than the value for the sponsors or organizers (in a similar way that the GPL Free Software license is more concerned with the rights of the software user than the software owner)
- At a normal conference, the hallway conversations tend to be the best parts. At an unconference, it’s all hallway!
- unconference tries to replicate the community centric nature of Free Software projects in the way we organize an event. Everyone is a participant.
- Whoever shows up are the right people to have here
- Whatever happens is what is supposed to happen
- If you find yourself in a place where you are neither learning or contributing, be respectful but use your feet to find another room where you can learn and contribute
- Your participation is not only welcome, it’s necessary
Possible discussion topics
- Collection development for zines in a language you don’t speak
- Promoting zines in the classroom
- Multi-language zine collections — how do you put them on the shelf?
- Cataloguing: examples of catalogues, sharing practices, zine categorization/digitization, information security
- Keeping zines safe (protecting from wear & tear and stealing)
- Collecting international zines in multiple languages
- Budgets & zine acquisition
- writing funding apps for zine libraries – a how to
- basic archival practice / record keeping skill share
- Zines in a public library: how to start a collection, where to put a zine collection, age group
- working with space/location limitations
- Running a zine festival within a library
- Experience organising virtual events
- Zine clubs
- Working with young people, age appropriate zines for young people, engaging young people with zines
- Pandemic – organizing without being physically together
- Community Building
- Activism & Zines/Zine Libraries