Category Archives: Participatory Service

Library as Classroom: Civic Engagement and Participatory Learning

Presented as part of the Library 2.016 Worldwide Virtual Conference, Library as Classroom.

The New Cluetrain from Triangulation

Doc Searls and David Weinberger are authors of “The Cluetrain Manifesto,” which aims to examine the impact of the Internet on both consumers and organizations, and have updated the manifesto with “New Clues.”

See the New Clues here.

What kind of community do you want to live in?

Since the American Library Association (ALA) announced its collaboration with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation’s The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, in 2012, the organizations have provided a variety of venues for libraries to engage deeply with the question of how they can and should enable change in their communities. At the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Institute will lead a series of four hands-on workshops on Turning Outward To Lead Change in Your Community. However, Harwood is also leading this change beyond the conference circuit, holding longer, more intensive Innovators Labs for libraries. The first took place Oct. 8–10, 2014, at the Loudermilk Convention Center in Atlanta. Michael Casey, Division Director, Information Technology at Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, and an LJ Mover & Shaker, attended the lab and reports below, giving Midwinter attendees a hint of what they might find in the sessions.

Read the full article at Library Journal.

MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts – Carterette Series Webinar

“In the summer of 2014, Gwinnett County Public Library partnered with librarians at Norcross High School to host their inaugural MakerCamp: a 4-day program that allowed high school-age students the opportunity to explore 3D design and 3D printing through innovative and accessible tools and resources. Join Michael Casey and Christopher Baker as they discuss MakerCamp’s development and delivery, and explore the learning opportunities the program offered both students and staff.”

Presented by Michael Casey and Christopher Baker, September 10, 2014

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The Transparent Library eBook

The Transparent Library Cover Art

Over the past few months I’ve been working with Michael Stephens to compile all 29 of our “The Transparent Library” columns from Library Journal into an e-book. In addition to the columns we wrote between 2007 and 2009 we added several essays and the transcript of a Google Hangout we had last month where we revisited the many changes that have transpired since 2009.

It was a fun endeavor and this new e-book is now available for free, either as a MOBI file or as PDF. We hope you’ll find it encouraging and useful.

 

The Transparent Library PDF

The Transparent Library MOBI file for Kindle

From the book description:  The “Transparent Library” gathers 29 columns from Michael Casey and Michael Stephens. Originally published in Library Journal from 2007 – 2009, the column explored concepts related to transparency, management, engaging communities, social media, strategic planning and constant change. The e-book includes supplemental essays and columns, and includes a new conversation “The Transparent Library Revisited.”