Unconferences and Unmeetings

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Unconferences and unmeetings are participant-driven events for knowledge building. These formats can be highly effective for library staff members looking to generate ideas, address long-standing concerns, and develop ways to engage the community. In this session, we’ll learn how to facilitate an unconference or unmeeting, how to determine if these formats are appropriate for the question at hand, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session, participants should be able to:

Define unconferences and unmeetings
Determine the utility of unconferences and unmeetings for a given situation
Describe the method of facilitating an unconference or unmeeting


Sam Eddington is the Program Leader for LYRASIS Learning. He holds an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, and a BA in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Houston. He has presented widely to information professionals on topics such as unconferences, job searching and hiring, programming for adults, library history, and performance evaluations.

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public Library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Museum; Academic library: 2 year; Government Library; Archives; Historical Society/Site
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.