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Presentation and launch of the 'Creating an information literate Scotland' Community of Practice by Lesley Thomson, Knowledge Management Officer, Scottish Centre for Regeneration

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  1. 1. ‘ Creating an information literate Scotland’ Community of Practice Lesley Thomson Knowledge Management Officer, Scottish Centre for Regeneration
  2. 2. What is a Community of Practice (CoP)? <ul><li>What it is about – joint enterprise as understood and continually renegotiated by its members </li></ul><ul><li>How it functions – mutual engagement that bind members together into a social entity </li></ul><ul><li>What capability it has produced – shared repertoire of communal resources that members have developed over time </li></ul><ul><li>Wenger, E. (1998) 'Communities of Practice. Learning as a social system', Systems Thinker ,   http://www.co-i-l.com/coil/knowledge-garden/cop/lss.shtml . Accessed September 10 2007. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of CoP <ul><li>Helping Communities - forum for members to help each other with everyday work needs </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practice Communities - develop and disseminate good practice, guidelines, and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Stewarding Communities - organise, manage, and steward a body of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Communities - create breakthrough ideas, new knowledge, and new practices </li></ul>
  4. 4. Community Roles <ul><li>Champion/Sponsor - able to envision the services of a CoP over time </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator/Coordinator - consulting, connecting, facilitating, helping, guiding </li></ul><ul><li>Leader - energises the sharing process and provides continuous nourishment for the community </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian - organises information/data </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Steward - understands business needs and ensures the appropriate tools are available to meet them </li></ul><ul><li>Experts - subject matter specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Members - without these there is no community; the essence of a community is its members </li></ul>
  5. 5. your the www. .idea.gov.uk communities BIG
  6. 6. CoP Platform <ul><li>IDeA and IS support local government improvement by helping councils connect, collaborate and share knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>CoPs key tool for continuous and sustainable improvement </li></ul><ul><li>IDeA commissioned platform to deliver the largest professional networking environment in the public sector </li></ul><ul><li>IS agreement with IDeA to enable use of the platform by groups in Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>increasing use demonstrating how social media tools can facilitate more effective networking and collaboration </li></ul>

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