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LILAC Lagadothon

Introducing the LILAC Lagadothon. Find out what it is and how it works here.


How does it work?

The Lagadothon involves multiple showcases with presenters giving concurrent 10 minute demonstrations to small groups of delegates (7 minutes for the showcase and 3 minutes for feedback). These give you the chance to show your prototypes and gather feedback and ideas for improvement. After each 10 minute presentation, delegates will move on to hear a new idea. Presenters must be prepared to deliver their 10 minute session multiple times!

At the end of the demonstrations, delegates alongside our judges will vote for the idea they feel is most worthy of investment. The CILIP IL Group will offer expert advice and award £500 towards the further development of the prototype judged to have the most potential.

Why should you Lagadothonise your ideas? Watch our short video...


LILAC 2017 Lagadothon

Harvard Referencing Game: a Library ‘Frogger’ style guide - Tracy Dix (winner)

Tracy showcased her Harvard Referencing Game, which had been created to help users engage with what is normally a very dry and boring subject. Her prototype adapted the 80s arcade game, ‘Frogger’, where each book represents an element in a reference, such as author’s name, year or title, that needs to get to the correct position on the finishing line of citation. You can view and play the game on the University of Warwick's Library webpages.



Teachkits - Jess Haigh & Andrew Walsh

Jess and Andy introduced their Teachkit concept – packaged ideas and materials for academic skills and information literacy teaching – which was inspired by Story Sacks and the trend/growth in subscriptions to posted products. Read more about their idea on the IL Group blog.


On The Move - Charles Inskip 

On The Move is an Information Literacy Group funded project to devise an online tool which would help students planning to enter the insurance sector understand more about how to communicate their skills to potential employers. Charles used the Lagadothon to not only demonstrate the work carried out so far but also as a way of developing it further through feedback from the session. You can read more about it on the IL Group blog.


LILAC 2016 Lagadothon 

Escaping the induction... Andrew Walsh (winner)

Andy Walsh demonstrating game

The winner of the inaugural LILAC Lagadothon was an escape room inspired prototype game for library inductions. The comparison between the escape room scenario was uncannily similar to the experience of first year university students in a typical library induction, so Andrew Walsh set out to make the process much more fun for them. Rather than locking students in a room, instead they are presented with a locked box, and a series of puzzles to solve in order to open it. Andrew is now in the process of advancing and piloting his idea using the the prize money awarded to the Lagadothon winner. Read more about the winning prototype on the IL Group blog.


The CRAP! Game - Kathryn Ballard (runner-up)

The CRAP! Game was developed by Kathryn Ballard following a training event about library games. It uses a set of cards and a dice to drive the game, with each player/group also being given a different information source to work with. It uses the CRAP (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose) acronym as a quick and potentially amusing way to encourage players to remember quality criteria to apply to sources. Take a look at the IL Group blog to find out more about the game and how it works.


The Publishing Trap - Jane Secker & Chris Morrison (runner-up)

Jane and Chris with their prototype game

Inspired by their work on Copyright the Card Game, Chris Morrison and Jane Secker decided to create a new game aimed at academics, PhD students and researchers to help them understand the scholarly communication process and the impact of the choices they make when disseminating their research findings. To find out more about The Publishing Trap see the IL Group blog.

Present @ LILAC

LILAC is great opportunity for our fellow professionals to present their ideas, share best practice and show case new thinking in our sector. If you have an idea then we'd love to hear about it. We have many options for the types of sessions you might run from a symposium to a workshop. Visit our Call for papers page to find out how to apply.

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