Simply put participatory librarianship recasts library and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation. Libraries are in the knowledge business, therefore libraries are in the conversation business. Participatory librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation. Be it in practice, policies, programs and/or tools, participatory librarians seek to enrich, capture, store and disseminate the conversations of their communities. Explore the information below, and throughout this site to learn more.
The starter kit is a resource to move participatory librarianship from concept to reality. How does a focus on knowledge creation over artifacts look in practice? How can librarians be prepared for a world of participation? The answers to these questions and more come more from experimentation than theory. The Starter Kit is the ever increasing forum to detail, document, and solicit real steps in implementing participatory librarianship.
I am a life long educator. I won a Milken National Educator Award in 1995. The Milken Family Foundation introduced me to online education. After 25 years of classroom teaching I retired from k-12 education to pursue online teaching and instructional design full time. I have 39 years of teaching experience.