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AUDIO CONFERENCE ON LEARNING COMMUNITIES & KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE


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Deb Wallace, Knowledge and Learning Strategy Consultant, and co-author of Leveraging Communities of Practice for Strategic Advantage will present an audio conference on "Learning Communities & Knowledge Exchange" on June 1st.  The Nova Scotia Provincial Library will host this session which is part of the Strategic Conversations with Leaders Series from The Education Institute: The learning programs of the APLA-BCLA-LAA-NSLA-OLA-SLA Partnership.

Managing information and leveraging knowledge within organizations creates strategic advantage through efficient business practice and improved productivity. A prominent strategy for achieving these goals is developing and supporting learning communities and communities of practice. While the idea of communities is not a new phenomenon (people have formed groups to address work-related issues for centuries), the term was first coined in 1991 by researchers studying organizational learning. Early analysis of knowledge-based organizations identified groups of employees getting together to solve work-related problems without management directive or involvement. Recognizing the level of information exchange and learning that took place within the group, management began to pay attention to these loosely formed, often organic structures. Through a meeting of the minds, community members are able to pool their expertise, build their information stores, share their experience, test new ideas, improve on past processes and procedures, and find solutions that result in increased capability and improved performance. Learn how communities can play a key role in your organization's success and how you can foster and facilitate their growth in your organization or community.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
This session is for information professionals looking at new ways to facilitate productivity and knowledge exchange for their clients and communities as well as within their own operations.

THE BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM
Filled with strategies, tips, techniques, and real world examples of how to put people and ideas together, this session provides attendees with concrete ways to improve knowledge and information exchange for their clients and communities as well their own operations.

KEY TOPICS EXPLORED DURING THE SESSION
Different types of communities
Examples of learning communities and communities of practice in information & knowledge communities
How to create communities
Software available to facilitate communities
Key learnings from community builders & facilitators

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION
Audio conference supported by handout.

SESSION DETAILS:
Time: Wednesday, June1st, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Conference Room, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt Road, Halifax
This session is free and registration is on a first come first serve basis.
Parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at 424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.

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