Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation

21 Jul

[deep film announcer voice] A Wiki Chaos production, from the people who brought you the Library Routes Project[/deep film announcer voice]

Today is the day Woodsiegirl and I present on the Echo Chamber, to a seminar at the CLILP Yorkshire & Humberside CDG AGM. The Prezi we will be using is below.

We both favour the ‘not just duplicating what’s on screen’ school of presenting, so there’s a lot of stuff we’ll be saying out loud which isn’t written down on the Prezi. I hope it’s still interesting anyway – have a look and tell us what you think.

What I’d really like to do is introduce an interactive, online element to this – our presentation is this afternoon. So if you have any comments, feedback, or particularly suggestions for how to escape the echo-chamber, we’d love to hear them. If you can leave comments on this blog, Woodsiegirl’s blog, or using the #echolib hash-tag on Twitter, by 3:10pm GMT, then we can feed them into the discussion (and hopefully actually update the Prezi in real-time with your thoughts, too. That might be stretching our powers of dexterity but hey, it’s good to aim high and there is two of us after all…). How ace would that be? Is possible, try and spread the word via Twitter and encourage people to join in.

As ever, this’ll work better in Full-Screen mode. Some of the bits it’ll zoom in on have quite a lot to read, so best to keep pressing the ‘Next’ arrow rather than letting it auto-lurch. Full screen is fairly essential too.

The initial top down view – it looks a bit like a chamber! Sort of? Yeah? So the title and the concept are in the middle, and the rest of the sections form like a kind of wall of the chamber around it – see what we did there? And successful escapes are beyond the wall, ZOMG! :) Well, I thought that was cool anyway…

This whole thing started way back with a couple of blog posts and tweets asking for input on the subject. Since then, an enormous amount of people have helped Laura and I with ideas, blog posts, tweets, suggestions and input of various kinds. Thank you! Featured in the presentation above in one form or another as a result of this, are the following luminaries of the Information Professional world (in no particular order):

A couple of those we just went out and grabbed their relevant posts or videos, but the majority submitted their input on our prompting so cheers very much everyone!

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  • Ned Potter July 21, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    [Blogged, for tomorrow's session] Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation – via #twitoaster

  • Bobbi Newman July 21, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    RT @theREALwikiman: [Blogged, for tomorrow's session] Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation – via #twitoaster

  • Ned Potter July 22, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    For those of you interested in what @woodsiegirl and I are talking about today at #cilipyh: #echolib

  • Morwenna July 22, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    RT @theREALwikiman: For those of you interested in what @woodsiegirl and I are talking about today at #cilipyh: #echolib

  • Emma Cragg July 22, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    RT @theREALwikiman: For those of you interested in what @woodsiegirl and I are talking about today at #cilipyh: #echolib

  • Niamh July 22, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    What a fantastic presentation, wish I could be there! I’ll be following remotely.

  • Ned Potter July 22, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    You can view the Prezi we're using for Escaping the Echo Chamber at and a blog post at #echolib.

  • Ian July 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    My suggestion: Be proactive. Find ways to get the message out there and follow it through. Unless more of us do so, the narrative will be dominated by ‘outsiders’ and not by professionals. That cannot be a good thing.

  • Ian July 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Oh, and good luck with the presentation….looks fantastic! :)

  • Carrie JS July 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    RT @theREALwikiman: You can view the Prezi we're using for Escaping the Echo Chamber at and a blog post at #echolib.

  • Simon Barron July 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Very impressive and certainly timely. A lot of promotion is about attitude and proactivity: definitely in evidence in this presentation.

    Good luck with it! My manager will be in the audience so I’ll be getting a full report eventually.

  • Bobbi Newman July 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    read this post by @theREALwikiman on the echo chamber, not only is content great but he has mastered Prezi! #echolib

  • Ian Clark July 22, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Bookmarked: Escaping the Echo Chamber – presentation | thewikiman

  • Gigglesigh July 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    RT @librarianbyday: read this post by @theREALwikiman on the echo chamber, not only is content great but he has mastered Prezi! #echolib

  • Bobbi July 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Ned I have to say you have mastered Prezi! You may be the only person I know who uses it well, great presentation!

    Wish I could have been there for this live, I really enjoyed the tweets!

  • Jason Kucsma July 22, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Libraries escaping the echo chamber (h/t @librarianbyday & @analogdivide for the link)

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  • Lauren July 22, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    It is a fab presentation and worked brilliantly at the event :)

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  • Ned Potter July 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    ..2/2 either on twitter or in reply to the blog posts ( as we're not adding the feedback to the Prezi till next week

  • thewikiman July 23, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Ian cheers for this – we will add it to the Prezi! Oh yes, we will. 2.0 FTW.

    Simon, who was your boss? I tried to tweet you that question during the event but my phone was playing up.

  • thewikiman July 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Bobbi, thank you very very much indeed. Really glad you enjoyed the tweets..

    Have to say I can’t take the credit for the Prezi – Laura and I worked on it together and each did the parts we tweeted / spoke on. It was really nice to use on the day – we actually had a touch screen to click the arrows with but forgot to use it!

    I wish we’d recorded it (we were intending to but didn’t sort it out) as I got quite ranty at times, it was enjoyable… :)

  • Sandra July 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Simon’s boss here. Thought I’d better introduce myself rather than lurk! Great presentation and I picked up some great insights. Very timely and positive marketing will be essential. How about Mary Queen of Libraries?!

  • thewikiman July 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Hello Simon’s boss! Thank you for commenting and saying hello…

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  • Helen September 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    How have I only just stumbled across this?? Super presentation. Wish I could’ve been there to see it live.

  • thewikiman September 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Thank you Helen! We are doing versions of it in London and Newcastle in November, and also at Umbrella ext year, so watch this space for more information…

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