Library Camp Glasgow 2014

10 Nov
Mitchell Library

Mitchell Library


The second Library Camp Glasgow took place at the Mitchell Library on Saturday, 8th November 2014. 36 people attended, took part in competitions, listened to rants (or ranted) and discussed a variety of topics. Here’s how the day unfolded:

Badge Competition

Everyone was invited to bring their own name-badges, with prizes for the best, and entrants were photographed as they arrived. There were some very creative efforts!

Human Bingo

To get everyone talking, the day kicked off with Human Bingo with the incentive of a prize draw for the completed bingo sheets.

MmITS Minute of Madness

This was a chance to vent a burning passion or frustration about libraries, librarianship or a related topic, with 60 seconds to get the point across in a mad rant. It was sponsored by MmITS who generously donated a Kindle Fire as the prize. Thanks to the four entrants, Sharron, Jennifer, Karen and Fiona, for taking part.


The main event was, of course, the sessions. At a Library Camp, these are pitched by participants and a timetable is made up on the day. There were sessions on CILIP Registration, Innovative user education, Internet privacy, Advocacy, CILIPS West, Do you practice what you preach?, 23 Librarians live, and Cross-network collaboration. Two groups also toured the Mitchell Library. Some sessions have already been written up and I hope more will be added – check the Event Writeups page on the Library Camp wiki, which also lists links to some of the sites recommended during the day.


So who won all the lovely prizes? We finished up with the prizegiving. Jennifer Higgins won the MmITS Kindle Fire with her rant “Covering gender bias in representations of the female librarian – a poetic quip about the perils (or should that be pearls?) of image stereotypes.” All other prizes were sponsored by CILIPS – Annette Thain won a book and CDs when her name was drawn from the completed bingo sheets and Sharron Wilson and Karly Walters-Smith won Tunnock’s goodies for the best badges. These were independently judged by desk staff at the Mitchell who gave it a lot of thought before choosing their two favourites.


Library Camp Glasgow was a completely free event, for which I am indebted to its sponsors. I’ve already mentioned the prizes donated by MmITS and CILIPS.  CILIPS also provided the goody bags, seen here being investigated by an unexpected guest, and librarians do not run on empty stomachs, so thanks also to SALCTG for morning refreshments and SLIC for lunch. Thanks to Glasgow Life for use of the Mitchell for the second year and to library staff Kirsten McCormick, Lisa Powell and Elaine Thomson for all their help.

All photographs, except for the view of the Mitchell entrance atop this post and the (so delicious) chocolate muffins above, are courtesy of Lynn Corrigan. Thanks to her too and, of course, thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great day.



2 Responses to “Library Camp Glasgow 2014”


  1. Library Camp 2014 – Winner of MmITS Sponsored ‘MmITS Minute of Madness’ | MmITS Blog - November 16, 2014

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  2. Library Camp Glasgow 2 – where next? | Adventures of a Retired Librarian - November 17, 2014

    […] follow the same pattern. Also, I have written a summary of the day, with loads of pictures, on the Glasgow Library Tweetups blog, and it and several other write-ups are listed on the Library Camp wiki which is the best […]


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