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Archiving Camp

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LITA Camp Manual


Archiving and sharing your LITA Camp


LITA Camp will generate a variety of useful ideas from session discussions that attendees will want to take back to their local library to follow up.  The following are suggestions for ways to preserve the output of a LITA Camp.  These are also many other ways to share documents and preserve content, so feel free to use what best meets the needs of your LITA Camp sessions.


  1. Each session leader should summarize their group's discussion and post/archive it, noting any significant discussion outcomes, relevant topical resources, and follow up from their session
  2. The LITA EParticipation Task force has a list of recommendations for sharing meeting content online at http://wikis.ala.org/lita/index.php/EParticipation_Task_Force_Recommendations




Organizers and participants should decide on what hashtags they want to use to make the content and discussions about their Camp searchable through Twitter and other social media services.  The first LITA Camp, for example, used #litacamp as a hashtag for all posts and discussions about the event on Twitter.  Participants and others outside of Camp who want to follow the discussion and topics can search for the hashtag to see a record of Camp discussions.


Suggested Tools for Archiving and Sharing Camp


Camps have no formal conference proceedings, but rather participants record summaries of their conversations and presentations and post them to a variety of social media tools to preserve the ideas and solutions that originate in Camp discussions.  The format for sharing varies, from text-based summaries, to recording audio or video of sessions or presenters, to ongoing discussions on Twitter about Camp content and possible ideas for topics.


The LITA EParticpation site has suggestions for each format, based on how organizers want to capture content.  The following are some suggestions for a baseline of capturing Camp content to maximize the valueof attending for Campers.


  • Twitter - Posting with the Camp hashtag facilitates conversations happening in parallel with larger group discussions and individual sessions.  Twitter is also a useful way for particpants to discuss what topics they'd like to investigate at the next session and provides additional input to the physical conversations happening at Camp.
  • Wikis/Camp Website - Camp websites or wikis allow participants to post presentations and summaries of presentations and discussions.  In particular, the wiki format allows for significant findings arising from discussions to be summarized for particpants to view after camp.
  • Flickr -  Particpants can post pictures and tag them with the Camp hashtag.  Useful for sharing snapshots of whiteboards, flipcharts, and other transient artifacts of Camp conversations.
  • Slides, documents, audio/video - The LITA EParticpation site has many recommendations based on format.  Google Docs, Ustream, drop.io, and many other tools exist to meet specific needs of individual Camps and session formats.


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