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The BibCamp is a library event that has been held annually at different locations in Germany since 2008 . It is an event in the style of a barcamp . The BibCamp was the first unconference in German-speaking countries. In contrast to traditional conferences, the BibCamp does not have a fixed conference program and no invited speakers. An active exchange of information between experts and interested parties in an open atmosphere is the focus of every Bibcamp. Each participant can propose a topic and participate in the discussions. The BibCamp exists according to the motto "There are no visitors, only participants!"


The BibCamp was conceived as an alternative to conventional events such as the Librarian's Day. Topics from related areas such as archives , museums , e-learning , information science , knowledge management and IT development should be presented and discussed. The BibCamp was born out of the desire to address more current topics and to have more time to discuss.

The first BibCamp in German-speaking countries took place in Potsdam in 2008 under the motto “Library 2.0 - From Theory to Practice” . It was the first library event organized as an unconference. The possibilities of Web 2.0 for the libraries of the future were actively discussed. All participants had the opportunity to take part in various sessions , to hold their own lectures and to actively discuss. The wiki that was set up also served as the homepage of the BarCamp, on which the participants could enter suggested topics weeks before the start of the event. Since then, the event has been continued annually with changing organizational teams in different cities.

date place Organizers motto
May 16 and 17, 2008 Potsdam / Berlin University of Applied Sciences Potsdam , Humboldt University Berlin "Library 2.0 - From theory to practice"
May 15-17, 2009 Stuttgart Stuttgart Media University "Human technology knowledge"
May 7th and 8th 2010 Hanover University of Hanover , Technical Information Library
March 11th and 12th, 2011 Hamburg Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
March 16 and 17, 2012 Cologne Cologne University of Applied Sciences , Society for Knowledge Management , hbz, Library of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research, Cologne City Library , ZB MED
April 12th and 13th, 2013 Nuremberg Friedrich Alexander University
September 26th and 27th, 2014 Potsdam University of Applied Sciences Potsdam , Humboldt University Berlin
April 17th and 18th, 2015 Leipzig HTWK Leipzig with several Leipzig libraries "People. Media. Together."
April 8th and 9th, 2016 Stuttgart Stuttgart Media University
June 16 and 17, 2017 Hanover University of Hanover
July 13th and 14th, 2018 Hamburg Hamburg University of Applied Sciences "Feel the Elements"
November 15 and 16, 2019 Cologne Technical University of Cologne


  • Fabienne Kneifel: Bibcamp: Library 2.0 - from theory to practice . Report on the first library conference in German-speaking countries. In: BIT online . tape 11 , no. 3 . Dinges & Frick, 2008, ISSN  1435-7607 , p. 323-325 .
  • Sebastian Ackermann u. a .: HORST - Where is Horst actually? HdM master's students organized the BibCamp 2009 in Stuttgart. In: BIT online . tape 12 , no. 3 . Dinges & Frick, 2009, ISSN  1435-7607 , p. 351-352 .
  • Anke Wittich: We're entering the library! The somewhat different conference: Librarians and other hackers at BibCamp3 in Hanover. In: BuB: Forum Library and Information . tape 62 , no. 7/8 . Bock + Herchen, ISSN  0340-0301 , p. 504-505 ( PDF ).

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Individual evidence

  1. BibCamp and KnowledgeCamp met for the first time in order to better interlink the two disciplines of library and knowledge management.