If you’re still not sure if what Library Camp is all about and whether it’s for you, we’ve compiled our top 10 reasons for coming along. If you still haven’t got your ticket, click here to book!
#1 Speed networking
Networking can be intimidating so why not try speed networking? You get a short amount of time to chat to whoever is closest to you and when the bell rings you move on. Thanks to Helen Kielt who suggested speed networking for the first Library Camp.
The Cregan Library at St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra opened in February of this year. Here’s your chance to have a good nosy around! We’ll also be running tours during the breaks. It’s a beautiful new building and a tour is sure to be one of the highlights of the afternoon.
#3 Have we mentioned the cake?
Every year participants bring cake and other goodies. There is usually more food than we could possible eat in a day.
#4 We’ll have an Ideas Lounge
This year we’ve decided to introduce an Ideas Lounge. We’ll have an area where you can come and talk to the CDG committee, let us know what you would like from us, what we’re doing right, what we could be doing better, or if you have any ideas for upcoming events. Or ideas for anything really!
#5 Brainstorm how to use a combination of new and traditional marketing methods
How do we combine traditional marketing methods such as newspapers, radio and exhibitions with newer social media approaches. Comes and tell us how it has worked for you and learn from the experience of others.
We have lots of great pitches for you to get involved in. This includes your elevator pitch, how do you explain the importance of your skills as an information professional and the value of libraries in general.
#7 Advice on marketing library services such as LibGuides
This pitch will explore ways of marketing library services to students, as well as using these services to reinforce the Library’s role in the wider community or organisation.
#8 Want advice on marketing a small library in a larger organisation? We’ve got it covered!
In this pitch, Niamh and Andrew will share their experiences of how to promote librarians and libraries within a large organisation. The pitch will also look at how to market to different stakeholders; e.g. those who use the service versus those who manage the budgets!
#9 Borrowing & lending items for an exhibition? There’s a pitch for that.
This pitch is based on UCC Library’s Special Collections’ experience of lending an 1802 item to the British Library for an exhibition.
#10 There will be even more ‘networking’ after the Camp finishes in the Ivy House.
After the event we will gather for drinks and more talk at the Ivy House Pub, 114 Upper Drumcondra Road.