Trinh and I attended the 2018 PLVN ICT Management Unconference on Monday 16 July.
It was organised by the PLVN ICT Special Interest Group and was hosted by Yarra at the North Fitzroy Library.
An unconference is unstructured compared to a normal conference, those who attend set the agenda, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Anne Hartican facilitated and helped decide what topics we would cover in the sessions for the day.
Attendees were free to attend whichever session they thought would be of most benefit or interest.
We attended technically focussed sessions in the morning and got some good ideas for our new PC/Windows 10 rollout. Of particular interest was hearing other Libraries’ feedback and experiences in managing their PC fleets, including the pros and cons of DeepFreeze on Public PCs.
The afternoon was dedicated to the future. Of particular interest was a push by some for a greater level of awareness of, and facilities for, PC gaming in libraries. It was a fascinating conversation about the role of the library in the community, how gaming has moved to the mainstream and how it should be treated in the same was as other, more traditional, media from a collections point of view.