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Scroll down to read uncensored survey results and event reports for our annual gatherings that surprise and delight librarians of all kinds!


2019 Summary

What does the survey say? That we’re the most positive and inclusive event around.


We design all of our events to be accessible and welcoming, so we were psyched to see that this year’s survey comments overwhelmingly commented on the positive, inclusive atmosphere and “good vibes” to be had at #libcol19. Scroll down for full event report, our uncensored survey results, or check out our Twitter hashtag to just how great our attendees say we are!

Unlike many conferences, we do not serve one single niche or type of librarian. We organize our events around a general theme that invites collaboration, cross-pollination, and interdisciplinary thinking for librarians, archivists, and library staff from academic libraries.


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You really need to experience it to see just how uncommon our gathering is, but these snapshots will give a tiny taste of what happens at The Collective.

"Instruction Mixtape" Session Snapshot

Participants in this session used design thinking methods to create an active learning session. Also, there was 90s R&B as a soundtrack!

Lisa Campbell, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, University of Florida, and Samuel Putnam, Assistant University Librarian, University of Florida, led this session.


"Collabor(d)ating" Session Snapshot

What happens when two librarians and a professor start chatting about interdisciplinary collaboration at the Collective 2016? The development of a grassroots, faculty-led, campus-wide, year-long, networking and information sharing extravaganza, that’s what, called "Collabor(d)ating."

This session was led by Chapel Cowden, Health & Science Librarian; Jenny Holcombe, Assistant Professor; Emily Thompson, Interim Director, Studio, all of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"Sticky Prototyping" Session Snapshot

In this workshop, participants built and tested prototypes for specific library-related ideas. Participants gained confidence and the ability to apply prototyping to their library’s problems.

This session was led by: Brian Merry, Head of Operations and User Services; Kristin Meyer, User Experience Librarian; and Samantha Minnis, Evening Operations and User Services Manager, all of Grand Valley State University.

Wanna gauge the quality of our past programs?

You don't have to take our word for it! We publish uncensored participant survey responses each year.


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