Last year’s Program Committee was tasked with planning the first born-virtual Library Publishing Forum. Recognizing that a week-long online event would just add to a year’s worth of Zoom fatigue and isolation, they made a concerted effort to add as much compassion and humanity to the experience as they possibly could. (And they managed to put together an outstanding program of presenters as well!)
The Committee and Educopia staff worked closely on the logistics to put together a thought-provoking and humane Forum experience on a limited budget; we think we were successful! So we decided to pull back the curtain on how it was run to support other organizations that are interested in hosting their own online events on a shoestring. Because we had a lot to say, we published a series of daily posts, each with a different theme.
More Than a Feeling: Using Design to Create a Shared Experience by Hannah Ballard
Blending the Synchronous with the Asynchronous: Strategies for Planning a Successful Conference Program by Justin Gonder
Stick-With-What-You-Have and Add Slowly: Configuring Technology for a Virtual Conference by Nancy Adams
You Always Need More People Than You Think: Staffing a Virtual Conference by Sonya Betz
Pets, Plants and New Partnerships: Creating Space for Social Activities at LPForum21 by Lauren Collister
Sponsorship, Streamlined: How We Shifted In-Person Benefits to a Virtual Space by Caitlin Perry
Virtual Conferencing on a Shoestring: Thoughts on the Budget by Melanie Schlosser
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