Want to Start Your Own Community of Practice? 1. Find a group of people with a shared interest. 2. Determine how often you want or need to meet. 3. Brainstorm on possible topics, ask for topic leaders and set up a schedule.
4. Establish a community leader. 5. Decide on a technology platform. 6. Once you get the group up & running, meet several times then EVALUATE the technology and group cohesion. Want to Start Your Own Community of Practice?
Technology We Use… We use: – Email – Google Groups – Skype – Doodle
– Easy and FREE solution for conference calls – Live discussions = personal connection Skype
What you Need Headset Skype Account Friends/colleagues names who are on Skype Webcam (optional)
“The monthly conference call keeps our network connected on a personal level. There is a spontaneous and conversational approach to in-person communication that spurs creativity in a way that formal writing simply does not.” -Heather
– An online event scheduling and polling software – Especially helpful for coordinating multiple schedules over different time zones! http://www.doodle.ch/main.html Doodle
TIME!! Group Dynamics Desire to bond Sense of belonging Coordinating schedules Helping others be involved New Technology Selecting Topics
Areas for Improvement Articles Monthly conference call Technology Group participation Group enhancement of MPLA experience Presentation Collaboration Continued Participation
“The size of our group is ideal because of our busy schedules. If it were smaller, those who aren’t as active from time to time would be more noticeable. If it were larger, it would be more difficult to coordinate our calls.” -Karen
Successful Collaboration 1.Set aside TIME 2. You’re exposed to new ideas on a regular basis 3. Implement new ideas & best practices raised through discussion. 4. Poll for best practices on a given topic
The possibilities are endless. Groups can be structured around any imaginable library topic! Leadership Assessment Information literacy Collection building What are your ideas?
MPLA Academic Cooperative Jennie Burroughs, Government Documents & Reference Librarian, The University of Montana email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Erin Dini-Davis, Reference Librarian, Utah State University, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org JaNae Kinikin, Science Librarian, Weber State University, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Neurohr, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Holly Phillips, Electronic Resources and Access Coordinator, University of New Mexico, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Russell, Electronic Resources Coordinator and University Archivist, Northern State University, email@example.com Heather Smith-Collins, Curriculum Resources Librarian, Washburn University, firstname.lastname@example.org Danielle Theiss-White, General Reference Coordinator, Kansas State University, email@example.com
Photos from the Photos provided by: Jennie Burroughs Karen Neurohr Heather Smith- Collins Ghost Ranch, New Mexico (USA)
Questions? Contact me at: Erin Dini Davis Utah State University Logan, Utah, USA Erin.firstname.lastname@example.org