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Participatory Librarianship: Creating Enchantment and Conversations for Learning


TASL 2011 Keynote, Buffy Hamilton, October 2011

TASL 2011 Keynote, Buffy Hamilton, October 2011

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  • define enchantment as the process of delighting people with a product, service, organization, or idea. The outcome of enchantment is voluntary and long-lasting support that is mutually beneficial. Kawasaki, Guy (2011). Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions (Kindle Locations 116-118). Portfolio. Kindle Edition.


  • 1. participatory librarianship: conversations for creating, contributing, collaborating,
    connectingbuffy j. hamilton || tasl
    October 2011
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  • 3. challenge: pulling and weaving together the many threads of librarianship
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  • 4.
  • 5. who and what are we?
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  • 7. trustworthiness
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  • 8. likability
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  • 9. fantastic product or service
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  • 10. enchantment
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  • 11. enchantment:
    sustained, voluntary delight that is mutually beneficial
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  • 12. “enchantment transforms situations and relationships.”Guy Kawasaki, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
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  • 13. relationships are the cornerstone of libraries and participation
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  • 14. library is the story of the human experience
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  • 15. libraries as communal experiences and “commonplace” texts constructed by participants
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  • 16. students and teachers contribute to conversations for learning through libraries
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    Participatory Librarianship and Change Agents:
  • 17. cultivate a love of learning
  • 18. vanishing boundaries
  • 19. participatory librarianship is a lens to help us see the possibilities and context for a shared vision of library in learning communities
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  • 21. “It’s all about learning…
    how is this going to fundamentally enrich a conversation?
    There isn’t a part of the library that isn’t about learning. Learning is a collaborative conversation.”
    Dr. David Lankes
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    Participatory Librarianship and Change Agents:
  • 22. sparking and igniting
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  • 23. shared ownership of learning and conversations for learning
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  • 24. knowledge construction and creation
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  • 25. inquiry and learning centered
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  • 27. relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement
  • 28. strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others
  • 29. what is known by the most experienced ispassed along to novices
  • 30. members believe that their contributions matter
  • 31. members feel some degree of social connection with one another
  • 32. participatory culture is a catalyst
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  • 33. literate learning communities form around shared interests, questions, and passions in a participatory site of practice
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  • 34. a participatory climate amplifies the possibilities for creating conversations for learning via multiple mediums
  • 35. “embrace the potentials and challenges of this [participatory] emerging culture not as a replacement for existing print practices but as an expansion of them”
    ~henry jenkins~
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  • 38. information evaluation and social scholarship via research pathfinders
  • 39. network and attention literacy
  • 40. network and attention literacy
  • 41. cloud computing
  • 42. collaborative learning and knowledge building
  • 43. 1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success.
    1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
    conversations via active reflection and metacognition
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  • 46. conversations via networked learning with experts around the world
  • 47. inquiry, engagement, and collective intelligence face to face
  • 48. portfolios
  • 49. multigenre elements
  • 50. digital storytelling
  • 51. digital research “texts”
  • 52. formative and summative assessments
  • 53. digital identity and citizenship
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  • 55. digital citizenship and ethical use of information
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  • 57. mobile computing for learning
  • 58. collection
  • 59. digital equipment
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  • 60. storytelling and performance
  • 61. spaces for honoring patron voices, expertise, and opinions
  • 62. physical space
  • 63.
  • 64. play
  • 65. create conversations for the unorthodox and student passions
  • 66. create conversations about passions
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  • 69. shared story of “library”
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  • 71. ask “how do I invite and engage participation?”
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  • 72. participation creates enchantment
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  • 73. enchantment is the nectar
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  • 74. “No risk, no art. No art, no
    Seth Godin
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    Seth Godin, September 2010
  • 75. the strength and relevance of your library is in the community and story of library you and your patrons build together
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  • 76. participation and shared ownership will create a library that is THE participatory network in your learning community
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  • 78. contact information