UNCC’s UnConference for Information Professionals

On Thursday I attended UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library’s first UnConference for Information Professionals .

What’s an unconference? An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven event. For this event, when participants registered they selected what topics they wanted to speak about and what topics they wanted to hear about. From that organizers Somaly Kim Wu, Lisa Nickel and Lois Stickell pulled together a mix of:

  • Speed Networking which is exactly what it sounds like. Participants took 15-minutes to meet as many other participants as possible.
  • Lightening Presentations where speakers had 10-minutes to present on their selected topic.
  • Speed Geeking where speakers had 10-minutes to present on their selected tech topic.
  • Round Table Talks where a group has a facilitated discussion around a specific topic for 10-minutes.

If it sounds a bit chaotic believe me it was anything but! I was impressed with how smoothly the entire event went from registration to lunch to navigating the break out sessions.

The audience of 100 or so was comprised of academic, public, and school librarians, as well as MLS students or recent graduates.

I gave two presentations during the Speed Geeking sessions. The first was on gaming in libraries. The second was on using social networking to find a job. Though I did not use PowerPoint for the social networking presentation, I created one to share some of my key points. The slide decks are on Slideshare, and I’ve linked them below.

This was a great event and I hope we see more like it as libraries and library staff struggle to travel further to larger events and conferences.

Back to Basics: Enhance Your Training and Development Skills!

This is a great opportunity from my ASTD Chapter for anyone new to training or who wants to brush up on his or her skills.

If you’re new to training or are transitioning to a training and development role,
this event’s for you!

Back to Basics is a one day conference that includes these topics:

Delivering Training

  • Questioning Skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Operational Logistics
  • Creative Facilitation
  • Effective Use of Training Mediums

Designing Learning

  • Basic Design Terminology
  • Creating a Design Template
  • Basics of Needs Analysis
  • Classroom Activities
  • Simulations
  • Developing Effective Test Questions

George Piskurich, an industry expert in designing, developing, and delivering training,
provides the morning keynote!

Date: Friday, October 17th
Location: Employers Association, Charlotte, NC (map and directions)

Price: ASTD Members: $129, Non-members: $179

Registration: register online or register by mail (MS-Word doc, 64K)

Good News for Charlotte

From the Charlotte Observer

Wachovia snubs Citigroup deal, agrees to merger with Wells Fargo

Upending a deal that would have sold part of the company to Citigroup Inc., Wachovia Corp. today said its board last night approved an offer by Wells Fargo & Co. to buy all of the Charlotte-based bank in a stock deal equal to $7 per share.

Wells said the combined company will have a strong presence in Charlotte, which will be the headquarters for the combined company’s East Coast retail and commercial and corporate banking business.

This is great news for Charlotte after the pitiful offer from Citigroup of $1 per share.

Good news for the economy. Good news for the city. Great news for my friends!