SEMINAR: Changing libraries: Using mapping to help manage workplace change

Thursday 7th of May 2015 – from 16:00 to 17:00 in the EduZone

Presenter: Andrew Whitworth, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

This presentation is based around a project which took place from 2013-15 at two academic libraries, both of which were facing significant changes (a change of director at one, a merger of four campuses at the other). The project studied and helped managed these changes by looking at them from the bottom-up, that is, how change was generated by staff acting together as members of communities of practice (Wenger 1998), drawing on and shaping a range of informational resources as they do so: what Lloyd (2010) calls the ‘information landscape’. Social network and concept mapping techniques were used to help the workplace communities learn about and manage the changes they faced. These maps served as records of the changing landscape over the course of the project and also revealed interesting details about how these communities of practice engaged in dialogue, managed authority and made collective judgments about information.

We would be grateful if you could confirm attendance (a.manca@dundee.ac.uk or n.t.lafferty@dundee.ac.uk).

Refreshments will be provided.