Communications Network: Community Engagement – Part 2
“Community engagement” can be a nebulous term. In libraries and beyond, it’s been used to describe everything from promoting services to collecting feedback to building long-term institutional partnerships – activities often segmented out across different positions. The American Library Association identifies community engagement as “the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library customers, residents, faculty, students or partner organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.” But who gets to define what betters the community? How to ensure equitable engagement across communities? And what kind of infrastructure is needed within libraries to support engagement activities?
This fall, Harvard Library Communications is teaming up with Alessandra Seiter, Community Engagement Librarian at the HKS Library, to explore what community engagement means among Harvard Library staff. This three-part series will highlight initiatives around Harvard libraries that illuminate some core questions of community engagement. Each installment will feature a staff presentation, followed by a facilitated discussion.
The second installment of this series will focus on the question: “How do we provide the foundational support necessary for community members to thrive?” Our presenters will be:
- Julie Goldman, Research Data Services Librarian at Countway Library
- Emily Coolidge Toker, Digital Pedagogy Librarian at Lamont Library
Julie will speak about her work organizing research data management trainings as part of data services programs that address all stages of the data lifecycle. Emily will discuss her work on the Qualitative Research Support Group to offer resources, trainings, and general support for Harvard community members pursuing qualitative research projects. Emily will also talk about her work on the Learning Object Library.
Find details & registration on the final installment of this series:
- Friday, December 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | “How do we listen to and learn from community members to build responsive resources, services, and programs?” with Clare Stanton, Communications & Outreach at the Library Innovation Lab, and Jamillah Gabriel, Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian at Gutman Library
Learn more about our first installment of this series:
- Friday, December 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm | “How do we build collaborative institutional relationships across Harvard libraries and beyond in order to best serve diverse community needs?” with Susan Berstler, Emerging Technology Specialist in Creative Technologies at Cabot Science Library, Christina Linklater, Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library and Houghton Music Cataloger, and Juliana Kuipers, Associate University Archivist for Collection Development and Records Management Services