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Presentation made to the Michigan Academic Library Council on Nov. 7, 2008, about MLA's Communities of Practice

Presentation made to the Michigan Academic Library Council on Nov. 7, 2008, about MLA's Communities of Practice

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Michigan Library Association Communities of Practice & MALC Michigan Library Association Communities of Practice & MALC Presentation Transcript

  • Michigan Library Association: Communities of Practice Michigan Academic Library Council November 7, 2008
  • Overview
    • Transitional Leadership Forum
    • Communities of Practice theory
    • MLA Pilot COPs
    • Academic libraries at MLA
    • MALC as a pilot COP
  • MLA Today
  • Communities of Practice & TLF
    • Transitional Leadership Forum (TLF)
      • Charge – study and recommend a plan to establish COPs to provide members an opportunity to network and pursue topics of interest.
      • Result – bold vision for the future of MLA
  • Communities of Practice & TLF
    • TLF Outcomes for COPs
    • Open access to all and broad participation of members
    • A supportive forum for networking and discussion
    • A simple, clear, easy process to get involved
    • A ‘ warehouse ’ of member-created resources
    • The incubation of new initiatives
    • A positive , rewarding culture within MLA
    • A powerful, united presence in the community at-large
  • Communities of Practice Theory
    • Etienne Wenger
    • http://www.ewenger.com/
    • “ Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”
  • Communities of Practice Theory
    • 3 characteristics
    • The domain:
      • Identity defined by shared domain of interest
      • Shared competence and commitment
    • The community:
      • Build relationships, learn from each other
      • Discussions, help each other, share info
      • Not just a website
    • The practice:
      • Members are practitioners
      • Build shared resources
  • Communities of Practice Theory
    • Roles
    • Required:
      • Leader – guides the community’s purpose and strategic intent
      • Member – participates and contributes/receives knowledge
    • Optional:
      • Champion – promotes the value of membership across the group
      • Facilitator – fosters and facilitates interaction
      • Subject Matter Experts – knowledgeable and experienced members of the community
      • Content Editor – maintains accuracy of community content
  • Communities of Practice Theory
    • Lifecycle
  • MLA Pilot COPs
    • “ Looking for a Few Good COPs”
    • Pilots
      • play, experiment, discover
    • Variety
      • different goals, results, technologies:
        • Group that only wants to meet online
        • Group that wants to meet online and in person
        • Group that wants to work on a project, publication or program idea
    • Be innovative
  • MLA Pilot COPs
    • Ideas for academics
      • Academic Libraries for the 21 st century
      • Embedded / Solo Librarians
      • Economic Gardening
      • Consumer Health
      • Best practices in Information Literacy
      • Open Access
  • MLA Pilot COPs
    • What Will the Pilots Do?
    • Document their experiences
    • Experiment with technology
    • Participate in a Community Day about COPs
    • Communicate progress
    • Report at 2009 MLA Annual Conference
  • MLA Pilot COPs
    • Benefits for academics
    • Opportunity to network with peers on topics of interest or concern
    • Virtual – Inclusive
    • Be a leader and take initiative
      • Meet tenure and promotion requirements
      • Research, scholarship, publishing
      • Presentations, creative activities
      • Leadership
    • Make it what you need it to be
    • Ideas bubble up from members
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
    • Publishing
    • MLA Forum , peer-reviewed, open access
      • Looking for articles for 2008 and 2009 issues
    • Articles for Michigan Libraries
      • 6 issues per year
      • News, columns, reports
    • Publications created by COPs, author/editor
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
    • Presenting
    • Opportunities to present at annual conference and workshops
    • Open call for 2009 conference proposals
      • early 2009
      • juried process
    • COPs involvement can lead to program proposals
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
    • Service
    • Opportunity to serve on or chair workgroup or committee
      • Call for volunteers, early 2009
    • Communities of Practice
      • Propose, lead, take on significant role
      • Share subject expertise
    • COPs can be part of a “career path” through MLA:
      • COPs leader Committee member
      • Committee chair Board member
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
  • Academic Libraries at MLA
    • 189 Academic Members (as of 10/31/08)
    • Breakdown by job categories
      • 28 Dean/Director
      • 20 Manager/Dept. Head
      • 141 other job categories
    • Breakdown by library type
      • 98 COLD
      • 50 DIAL-M
      • 26 MCCL
      • 15 Other
  • MALC as a Community of Practice
    • COP characteristics
      • Build relationships / network
      • Shared practice / domain of interest
      • Community built resources / knowledge sharing
      • More than just a website
    • Membership
      • Only academic directors
      • Closed group
    • Technology
      • MLA can provide discussion list
      • MALC website continues
  • MALC as a Community of Practice
    • Advantages
      • We’re looking for a pilot COP that wants to meet once or twice a year in person
      • MLA staff can coordinate meeting logistics
      • MALC members can continue collecting data and building member resources
      • Increased academic membership at MLA = Increased emphasis on academic issues
      • Speak with one voice
  • MALC as a Community of Practice
    • It’s up to you!
  • Contact information
    • Kathy M. Irwin
      • Senior Associate Librarian
      • University of Michigan-Dearborn
      • 2008-2009 MLA President
      • 313-593-5598
      • [email_address]
    • Michigan Library Association
      • Gretchen Couraud, MLA Executive Director, [email_address]
      • 517-394-2774
      • http:// www.mla.lib.mi.us