Grassroots organizations and events are popping up across library communities as librarians and information workers explore new and emerging ways to develop communities of practice. These groups provide a unique opportunity for individuals with a common interest to engage in discussions and activities outside of traditional professional organizations. These groups include: eLearning Collective & Symposium, New Librarians Symposium, Community Librarian Camp, and Critical Librarianship Workshop.
This panel discussion will be an opportunity to learn about these groups and explore and contrast concepts of entrepreneurial thinking and grassroots organizing as pervasive for modern day professional development. Each panelist will provide a brief history, why they formed and what they do. Panelists will share their experiences and advice about building community and tips and strategies for creating a successful conference (or workshop or community of practice).
– Explore new and emerging models of developing conferences, workshops and communities of practice outside of traditional professional organizations.
– Examine different approaches to building community through conferences, workshops and communities of practice.
– Identify tips and strategies for creating a successful conference, workshop or community of practice.