YLG London UnConference 2016
True Libraries

Good news everybody! The 2016 YLG London UnConference will take place at Balham Library
Sunday 6th March, from 9:30am-4pm


Balham Library
16 Ramsden Road
SW12 8QY

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To book your place, please visit


Booking open from 25th January! Places are limited, so book soon! It's free and open to all.

The format of the day is:

Registration from 9:15 am
Introduction and chance to suggest topics for discussion 10.00 am
Super Guest Speaker 10:30 am
Discussions begin 11:00 am
Lunch 1:15-2 pm
Closing remarks at 3:30 pm

There will be regular breaks for coffee, cake and networking.
Please bring your own lunch (and sharing cake) but tea and coffee will be provided

Start posting your ideas for discussion topics that you'd like to lead on these wiki pages. Don't be afraid! No topic too small! This is your opportunity to air your library problems (and solutions), inspire and motivate your fellow library workers and discuss children's literature!

Add your proposed discussion topics here

Please also bring your own name badge - prizes will be award for the best ones!


This Unconference is aimed at people with an interest in promoting Reading for Pleasure to children and young people; we intend to have a day filled with sessions offering support, advice and ideas on:
  • Story times and picture books
  • Practical advice for engaging with a teenage audience
  • Ideas for reading promotion
  • Raised stock awareness
  • Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shadowing, including CKG Judges past and present talking about the process
  • Reading groups
  • Representatives from publishing houses will be talking about their books
  • Anything you’d like to talk about!
  • Members of the CILIP YLG London Committee will be available to talk to all day
Feel free to contribute ideas for conversations on the wiki, or contact @jonasherriot, @cazapr1 or @mattlibrarian on twitter!

How will YLG London UnConference Work?

YLG London UnConference will run as an event where participants decide on the programme at the beginning of the event, working on the principle that the sum of the knowledge, experience and expertise of the people in the room is likely to be greater than that of those on the stage at traditional conferences.

The idea is based on “Open Space Technology” (Harrison Owen) which has four main principles and one law:-

1. Whoever comes are the right people

2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have

3. Whenever it starts is the right time

4. When it’s over, it’s over

Law of two feet: If, during the course of the gathering, any person finds him or herself in any situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place.

Open Space Technology works best when the conditions are present:

1. A real issue of concern, that it is something worth talking about.
  1. 2. a high level of complexity, such that no single person or small group fully understands or can solve the issue
  2. 3. a high level of diversity, in terms of the skills and people required for a successful resolution
  3. 4. real or potential conflict, which implies that people genuinely care about the issue
  4. 5. a high level urgency, meaning the time for decisions and action was "yesterday"

Open Space Technology

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about unconferences generally, then here are some links: