Brain dumping after Auckland Libraries’ Youth Hui 2013

So last week I had the pleasure of attending a hui organised by the Auckland Libraries. The full title is ‘New Rules of Engagement: Future Directions for Children’s and Youth Services at Auckland Libraries’, subtitled ‘A hui of awesome awesomeness’. It certainly was awesome, unfortunately I could only stay for 1 day of the 2 day hui, but I did get to hang out with some librarians and some of other speakers the day before it.

I was on a panel about digital spaces for children and youth, I talked mainly about the OS Academy we run here at Catalyst, and how successful that is  in engaging youth. There were quite a few questions during that panel discussion and during lots of other ones, and it sparked some ideas, so I am going to write them down here before I forget them.

  • A FLOSS Academy for Librarians – this came from a question where the asker said something to the effect ‘How do we know what we don’t know?’ I think an academy modelled after the academy we run for High School students would be a great way to expose people to a lot more that is out there.
  • Everyone seems to agree that there is much more to librarianship than what you can learn in an academic course, but there was no real agreement on how to balance that with the fact that payscales are often tied to said courses. Some places you can’t even be called a librarian without them. Professionalism destroying artisanship again?
  • Fun is fun, and the key to engagement, dress it up however you like but this seems to be what it boils down to.
  • An idea I had for next year would be a ‘Spectular fails’ session. All the ideas you had that went horribly wrong. These are massively useful learning tools for others.
  • In the same vein, how about a fails track at LIANZA sometime. Fail often and fail loudly 🙂

That’s about all I can remember, it was a great conference, one I would be keen to attend again. Much thanks to all the organisers and attendees