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Creating Communities of Practice: A New Culture of Professional Development

Presentation from the Entrepreneurial Librarian Conference, October 17, 2014. Wake Forest University. Amanda Binder, UNC Charlotte and Lareese Hall, MIT libraries.

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Creating Communities of Practice: A New Culture of Professional Development

  1. 1. creating communities of practice A new culture of professional development Amanda Binder University of North Carolina Charlotte + Lareese Hall Massachusetts Institute of Technology entrelib october 2014 wake forest university
  2. 2. who are we?
  3. 3. Amanda Lareese
  4. 4. this is an experiment.
  5. 5. what is professional development?
  6. 6. how do we define it for ourselves, our libraries, and the library profession?
  7. 7. “The phrase “professional development” is used liberally by librarians. It’s used so liberally and in so many different contexts that I’m not really sure just what it is anymore.” Cheryl LaGuardia, Library Journal
  8. 8. UNC Charlotte (UNCC) 1 1000 acre wooded campus. 75 buildings. 8 miles from uptown Charlotte. ● 7 Colleges Arts + Architecture, Business, Computing and Informatics, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, and Liberal Arts & Sciences ● Programs 80 Bachelor's degree programs 64 Master's degree programs 21 Doctoral degree programs ● Total enrollment Approximately 27,320
  9. 9. UNCC Atkins Library Mission The J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina Charlotte advances intellectual discovery by connecting people with knowledge. ● Library faculty 31 ● Library staff 48 ● Library Departments 7 ● Library Committees 4 o Committee on Appointment, Reappointment, and Promotion (CARP) o Library Review Committee o Departmental Review Committee o Professional Activities Committee (PAC)
  10. 10. “The Professional Activities Committee (PAC) shall promote the continuing education and professional growth of the Library Faculty. The Committee shall develop appropriate courses, workshops and lectures… It shall also cooperate with faculty and administrative bodies concerned with university staff development.”
  11. 11. library research committees academic writing group peer mentoring group professional advancement group research work group tenure support group communities of practice researching funding group
  12. 12. A community of practice (CoP) is… a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession….It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). Wikipedia, “Community of Practice” We love wikipedia.
  13. 13. PAC Communities of Practice (CoP)
  14. 14. presentations professional writing grant writing
  15. 15. benefits
  16. 16. challenges
  17. 17. the business of librarianship
  18. 18. individual
  19. 19. institutional
  20. 20. professional
  21. 21. the past + the present
  22. 22. the future
  23. 23. thank you.
  24. 24. questions? bibliography slides Amanda Binder - Lareese Hall -