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“Running” a Session


When you register you are asked to nominate at least one and no more than four topics you’d like to see up for discussion on the day. The next question asks if you would like to host or run a session on the day. Most people will probably want to just click the No button – But! Wait!before you do…

At the ALIA National Library Technicians Conference in Perth, Lisa Cluett presented a paper on Spreading the emerging technology ‘virus’: how all staff can learn, apply and build community around using interactive tools ( where she argued that often with new technologies and new applications all you really need is to find someone else (or a small group of someone else’s) who know just a little bit more than you do, spend some time ‘playing’ with the technology and collectively the group will learn more. Call it “Group Intelligence” if you like. Or the Wisdom of Crowds.

Last year someone suggested we have a session on Graphic Novels in Libraries and I gave them the job of hosting the session which they weren’t that keen on doing, however, afterwards they said it had been a fantastic session as everyone had contributed. All you really need to do is ask the first question!! Everyone is there to learn but you will all bring something to the table and together there will be some amazing learning occuring.

So, don’t go by first instincts. If you know a little bit about the subject you may be the perfect person to host it as you will ask all the right questions and (hopefully) everyone else who knows another little bit about it will be able to share and together you will all find the answers!

So, have a go – it’s how we learn. Together.


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