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Leading LITA Camp Sessions

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LITA Camp Manual


Organizing Report-Outs and Session Archiving


To maximize the value of a LITA Camp, it is essential to plan for how summaries and outcomes of individual sessions will be shared amongst participants.  See the Manual section on Archiving Camp for recommendations and best practices for this.




Each camp should have an overall Camp Facilitator, which LITA may be able to provide upon request.  This person reviews the topics of interest participants have indicated on the Camp website before Camp begins, leads the full group sessions for choosing topics, recommends appropriate session formats to suit topics and outcomes, and organizes report-outs and archiving of Camp to ensure content is shared amongst participants.


Session Leaders


Each individual session should have one or more leaders, depending on the session format.  The role of session leader includes introducing each session's topic, consulting with participants to determine the educational or topic-specific outcomes they wish to have from the session, and then leading discussion of the session topic, with the method for this depending on the format.


Types/Formats of Sessions


For a larger list and descriptions, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference#Styles_of_facilitation


  • Lightning Talks - Individual participants present short (~3 minute) talks in front of the entire Camp on a specific topic of interest to participants.  These overviews serve as starting points for networking amongst attendees, as the presenters essentially open a conversation about a topic that other attendees can consult with them about later in Camp or outside of Camp.  This format is also a great way to share best practices and research in progress on topics of interest to the group.  Lightning talks can also cover individual aspects of a larger topic of interest to Campers.
  • Speed Geeking - Audience members elf-select as "geeks" for a topic - usually 1 Geek for every 5-7 Camp members.  The Geeks arrange themselves in a circle around the room, usually with a whiteboard or other means to record their conversations.  The remaining participants divide into groups of 5-7 and rotate around the room, spending ~5 minutes at each Geek discussing the topic or section of a topic the Geek is presenting on.  After everyone has rotate through all Geeks, the Geeks report-out to the group.  Useful for hearing a wide variety of perspectives or topics in a short amount of time, and can allow for interaction and active discussion amongst participants.
  • 5 Minute Madness - Similar to Lightning Talks, but with a longer time frame to allow for a few questions from the audience. 



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