The concept of networked individualism reconfigures users’ access to information, people and other resources allows them to move across, undermine, and go beyond the boundaries of existing institutions to seek and enforce new levels of institutional and personal transparency.

~William Dutton~

I’ve written and spoken pretty regularly in the last year about libraries as sites of participatory culture, so I was immediately intrigued by this terrific slidedeck I discovered this afternoon.  Take a look:

Although designed for a business audience, the content is teeming with implications and relevance for our practice as librarians and educators.  The slidedeck emphasizes the shift from “command and  control to collaboration and co-creation.” I especially like the six participatory principles for today’s “associations” (and then insert libraries and learning spaces):
1. Participatory members

2.  Presumed authority to collective credibility

3.  Horizontal structures

4. Variety of formal and informal learning opportunities

5.  Networked learning ( as you readers know, a topic close to my heart and practice)

6.  Interactive and without walls

How are you incorporating these principles of participatory culture into your library programming and instructional design?

2 thoughts on “Invasion of Participatory Culture

  1. A few years ago i read The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brofman and Brad Breckstrom. It changed my way of thinking and certainly my management style. It was liberating, empowering, participatory and “unstoppable.” It was really a precursor in a way to defining push/pull cultures. Before using it as a reference in a CA School Library Association presentation on implementing county wide school library consortiums, i emailed them. Both were pleased that their book “had changed a librarian’s view of managing staff.’
    Great work, Buffy! So often we become tied down with the minutiae of managing libraries that we forget how information is changing our lives so quickly and dramatically!


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