Unconference Highlights

YLGNW were proud to host our first Unconference at Liverpool Central Library on Saturday 11th October 2014. The event was attended by approximately 25 people brimming with enthusiasm to talk about issues relating to library provision for children and young people. The day was broken into about six different sessions with delegates themselves coming up with topics for discussion which included “Developing a Whole School Reading Culture”, “Engaging Families”, “Funding” and “Engaging Young People”. The sessions allowed a sharing of tried and tested ideas and best practice by those already working in library settings and some new ideas were also suggested.

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The post lunch session was devoted to the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. The branch’s CKG rep, Kathryn Flagner, gave an outline of what was looked for in nominations for the prizes and how the voting process on the day was going to work. This included the rule that only members of CILIP can vote for these awards.  Although everyone would be asked to vote and the results of CILIP and non CILIP members would be compared, only members’ nominations would go through to the list of books to be considered by national judges.

This year some really good books were on YLGNW’s CKG lists, making the decision very difficult. To help with this the books were on display all day, and delegates made the most of this opportunity to get a feel for the titles.  As well as being able to see the books, keeping them fresh in voter’s minds, each of the books was also championed by a committee member.  They gave a brief resume of the book and explained why they thought it should be nominated, in terms of it meeting the criteria set for each award.

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Each person voted for two books in each category, as that is how many are put through from the branch. The voting was very close in both categories, but for the Carnegie we put through The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McGaughrean and Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan, and for the Kate Greenaway Oi Frog, illustrated by Jim Field, and Tinder, illustrated by David Roberts.  Spookily both CILIP members and non-members voted for exactly the same books, obviously great minds think alike!

YLGNW would like to sincerely thank all the delegates for attending and contributing to our first Unconference. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. Thank you also for the incredibly useful feedback provided on the feedback forms. We will take all comments and suggestions into account for future events.

If you were unable to attend the event on Saturday but would like to be kept informed about future YLGNW events and occasional blog updates via email please email ylgnorthwest@gmail.com and let us know!

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