There were a few unusual things about the event from my point of view ...
To start with, it was the first time I'd been at a library event with such a mixed crowd - Public libraries folks rubbing shoulders with folks from the academic libraries doesn't happen as frequently as it should do.
Secondly, I have never seen so much cake.
Thirdly, it was the first unconference event I've been too where everyone introduced themselves at the start of the day.
Fourthly, I've never seen more sessions get proposed than the slots available.
Fifthly, there was a poet-in-residence which is, again, a first for me (though strangely I've been at another event since then which had a poet-in-residence too).
The idea of 150ish people introducing themselves one by one at the start of an event might seem like lunacy but I have to say I found it very moving and uplifting to hear everyone's reasons for being in the same place.
Here are some of the reasons I managed to scribble down as folks introduced themselves:
"... to capture the libgeist."
"I'm here to start the revolution."
"... lured by cake and curiosity."
"I'm looking for library lovers."
"... critique, collaboration and revolution."
"... to steal people's enthusiasm, passion and, hopefully, anger."
"Libation in the library."
"To show the rage and passion for libraries."
All in all it was an invigorating day full of positive conversations and rapidly shared ideas. My only regrets are that a) I couldn't stay on into the evening to continue with the conversations and b) I didn't have a large tupperware box with me to take some of the cake home with me :)