Community engagement #newlib #MOOC

It’s the end of Week Two of the New Librarianship Master Class, with all sorts of things being discussed, including a strong focus on Community.

I’ve been challenged this week to think about:

  • the pressure from communities to change/improve/invent a raft of new/different/other services,
  • the pressure to interact with learners within their chosen environment,
  • the pressure to participate in ways that don’t match the “rules & regulations” of the organisation.

This concept of community pressure is also related to scarcity/abundance. If options in a community are limited, then there may be increased pressure to be everything to everyone, and the community may demand a wider range of services than if there is a choice to access information & services in other ways.

We all face pressure from our communities. How we choose to engage with our communities, how we respond to that pressure, how we ignore that pressure, how we react to that pressure – these are the challenges we need to address.

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