Lessons learned: reflections on 10 years of community building

You don’t organise online live Twitter discussions almost every month for ten years without learning something about how to run a small group of volunteers effectively.  Since practical know-how and experience are hard-won and often harder still to come by, you might be interested in the recent Lessons learned article from the team behind the #uklibchat library Twitter chat organisers, who are finally conceding to the changing times and hanging up their hashtag after ten years of bringing together folk from across the globe to discuss topics of the moment, inspire one another, and share resources. This new post brings together all that the team learned over the years about setting up and managing community spaces and facilitating collaboration, made as practical, generalisable and transferrable as possible for the benefit of anyone thinking about making a splash in this broad arena.

Learning history is easy; learning its lessons seems almost impossibly difficult.

Nicholas Bentley

View the uklibchat article here.

Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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