Nov 18

THATCamp’s magic

Thanks to all who attended and who organized, especially the thoughtful and thorough Olin Library staff.

There’s always some kind of magic at a THATCamp, including the mystery that there will never be enough information to know in advance about all the good sessions, everyone will always miss some good ones, yet that uncertainty is part of what makes it possible for the great sessions to be great. All the possibilities were not figured out in advance.

What I especially like about THATCamp is that the very form is a discovery process. We don’t know what we are collectively best suited to talk about or do until we all show up. So much tacit knowledge can be discovered and shared when people from different institutions, job descriptions, experiences, disciplines, and side interests try to have conversations with each other that are low stakes, speculative, practical, and motivated in the best way.

May there be another THATCamp in the St. Louis region again before too long!

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