Communities of Practice: Turning conversations into collaboration.

OLA has created Communities of Practice for groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and are seeking to learn how to do it better. A community of practice includes shared competence, supports interaction and learning, and practitioners.  To summarize: “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.” A community of practice includes shared competence, supports interaction and learning, and practitioners.

As groups with specific needs are identified, COPs will be created and opened up to the membership. The requirements and goals for each group will be expressed on their individual pages.  At this time, OLA has only one COP, the LGBTQ+ group that focuses on LGBTQ issues within libraries.

If you are looking to form a COP, please contact Michelle Arbuckle, Director of Member Engagement & Education.



Join the LGBTQ+lib Community of Practice

Are you passionate about LGBTQ+ services and issues? Do you work with LGBTQ+ populations in your community? Looking for outreach ideas, or resources that can be used to serve the LGBTQ+ community? We have you covered!

The OLA has set up a community of practice specializing in LGBTQ+ topics. The platform that we’re using is called Slack, an chat forum application that can be downloaded on your mobile device or tablet, or accessed through your desktop computer. Slack has separate channels that can dive into specific conversations and topics, as well as direct messaging with individuals in the group.

So join us on the LGBTQ+lib Slack channel. You do not need to be an OLA member to participate, this a community for anyone working in libraries with a special interest in LGBTQ+ topics.​​

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