CARL Conference: Creating your Own Peer Learning Community
Susan E. Parker, Ph.D., Deputy University Librarian, UC Los Angeles
Martha Hruska, Associate University Librarian, Collection Services, UC San Diego
Linda Garnets, Ph.D., Principal, Angelo + Garnets Consulting
Nancy Angelo, Principal, Angelo + Garnets Consulting
For people who desire success in leading and living through change, we offer a model of community building and self-management to help you realize effective contributions to change in your own organization. This positive approach gives individuals tools that enable them to influence outcomes and collaborations. In an intentionally built community of effectiveness, this helps to forge bold collaboration by focusing on common issues, stimulating creative thinking, and sidestepping a feeling of loss that can come from other kinds of change. A group of AULs and organizational consultants will describe their self-generated learning community. Participants will hear how the AULs worked with the consultants to build a learning and support community together. The World Cafe concept will be introduced and through facilitated interaction, participants will generate an inventory of core critical issues and engage in a dynamic process in which they build communities of interest and experience immediate results. The AULs and consultants will engage participants in active learning and intentional processing of these issues. World Cafe uses a set of integrated design principles for managing conversations with deeper meaning, designed to give groups traction to move forward with discussions of critical issues. It stimulates creative thinking and provides a journey in which the process is shared. We think it will help people to experience the powerful phenomenon the workshop leaders created among themselves: finding and building a peer group for support and learning, and using to help break through old models to achieve greater value for library users.