Michigan Library Association Communities of Practice & MALC


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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

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