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What is a LITA Camp

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LITA Camp Manual


Camp/Unconference Definition:


A camp resembles an unconference, which is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The first BarCamps focused on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats. The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, and political organizing. 


The term "unconference" has been applied to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations.  Camps have been described as "an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event." (http://www.barcamp.org)  Topics, session formats, and schedules are determined by the participants.  The goal of a Camp is to provide focused content tailored to the local interests and needs of individual participants.  Presentations encourage active participation and interaction between participants and formulated to deliver information that can directly impact real world problems and projects.


The basics:

  • facilitated
  • participant-driven
  • centered around a theme or purpose
  • discussions, demos and interaction




LITACamp is a library technology un-conference for anyone interested in libraries using all types and implementations of technology to continually improve services and access for patrons. It features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which most presentations are designed and delivered by attendees.  LITA Camp is a low cost, high value library IT educational program available with a focus on current technology topics.  In collaboration with a trained LITA facilitator, Camp attendees present on a variety of technology topics of current interest to them.  Through a variety of fast-paced and innovative participatory formats (such as lightning talks, speed geeking, and other newer forms of roundtable discussions) attendees are all encouraged to present as well as learn from their colleagues.  The sessions for LITA Camp are all planned by the participants and coordinated by the LITA facilitator.  At the first LITA Camp, topics included User Experience Design, Digital Repositories, Staff Technology Training, Assessment, and Content Management System best practices. 


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