Today, I was able to join IFLA’s Information Technology Section SC, the Women, Information, and Libraries SIG, and Northwestern University Libraries for their "UnConference, Women in Open Technology & Culture - Empowering Women’s Participation in Open Technology & Culture”. The unConference covered topics surrounding women and technology in the workplace, and featured keynote speaker, Amy Buckland. 

Amy Buckland is the Institutional Repository Manager at the University of Chicago, and Vice-chair of the ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. Previously she was Coordinator of Scholarly Communications at McGill University. Her professional life revolves around open access initiatives, publishing support, copyright, and research data services. Prior to joining libraryland, Buckland worked in publishing for 14 years, and left that industry to build a better system with libraries at the centre.

This unConference was amazing and inspiring! The sessions that I attended include:

  • Practical Project Management for Getting it All Done in 40 hours a Week or Less
  • Leading through Inclusion: Including Aspiring Leaders in the Conversation
  • HR Tactics for Dealing with Difficult Employees
  • Women & Open Digital Publishing Tools
  • Gendered Nouns at Work
  • Careers and Kids

The sessions and environment were conducive for great discussions and conversations amongst all the participants. I am so glad I was able to attend this unConference, perfect way to wrap up my internship.