TeachMeet, Part Deux

I still haven’t posted properly about the Cambridge Librarian TeachMeet that we had at the end of September and it looks like I’ll never get round to it, because we’re doing serious thinking about the next TeachMeet. We hoping to hold it in the spring some time and have talked a lot about what we’d do differently, what we’d like to keep and new elements we’d like to add to the next TeachMeet. We did an evaluation of the first TeachMeet and I was pleasantly surprised by how many people responded (about three-quarters of the people who attended, which is a pretty good response by any standards). It was also extremely gratifying that so many people took time to write details responses to questions about the venue, their expectations of the TeachMeet before they attended and how it met those expectations, whether they had used any of the things they’d learned at the event. It has been a huge help to get this feedback and we’re going to try hard to incorporate a lot of it into the next version (main tip: don’t break for refreshments in the middle!).

I felt it was especially hard for me to get a real sense of how the evening had gone from the perspective of the participants because I was up at the front most of the time (just hosting/introducing/occasionally remembering to pick names out of a hat cup, the usual Bruce Forsythe type of gig but with less tap-dancing). I didn’t feel I had enough time to just talk to people and mingle (not that I’m a skilled mingler but I would have liked to try at least). I did think that overall things had gone well, the talks were well received and the post-it note questions were much more popular than I had anticipated. But we were surprised by the timing (after a few speakers dropped out at the last minute) and so our planned schedule didn’t really work out. I wasn’t happy with the ending, it kind of fizzled out early and we’d not timetabled in any discussions/q&a session or any extra time for socialising, having a drink, mingling (I’m not obsessed with mingling, honestly). That is something I’m keen to improve next time.

We’re hoping to get more people involved in planning and organising the next TeachMeet, so if you have any ideas/comments/suggestions/criticisms or just want to join us and see how we look when we’re doing “proper thinking”, then please do come along from 6pm Thursday 9th December, CB2 (which has wifi so we’ll hopefully have someone tweeting/checking twitter so you could join in virtually). Food, drink and camlibtm plotting – what could be better on a winter’s evening?

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