I love the unconference model as a model for libraries to run occasional staff driven / audience driven / group-sourced conferences.
This post from Jane (Michelle Boule’s blog moniker) at A Wandering Eyre is very useful if you want to try one:
New Unconference and Mob Resources
“Here are a couple resources that might be useful to you if you are new to the idea of the wisdom of the crowd or if you need a little inspiration for your own mob:
unconference.net – Though the blog on this site is not updated often and much of the information was posted long ago, there are a plethora of resources on unconferences here. There are explanations of unconferences, facilitation styles, how tos, and a discussion about Open Space Technology.
Open Space World – The original site on Open Space(OST). It is a must read for noobs.
Unconference LibGuide – This is a resource site put together by some librarians who have attended many unconferences. There are some great checklists for planning and some other resources.
Crowdsourcing in Higher Ed IT – This is a step by step guide from Educause on how to use mob rule to make campus and even multi-campus wide IT decisions.
25 Great Ways Colleges Are Using Crowdsourcing – A fabulous list to inspire your own ideas to improve your teaching or impact your community. Some of the ideas are only marginally related to Higher Ed, but they are still very interesting.
–Jane, what mob are you growing today?”