Community of Practice (CoP): Supporting Cross-Sector Work

Tuesday, 4/6/2021 - Wednesday, 4/7/2021
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

This e-Forum was presented on Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7. View the summary of this e-Forum.

As work within our libraries continues to be interconnected in terms of services, systems, and skill sets, how do we cross unit, department, or organizational lines to build a network of support around areas of common interest, learn from each other, and share knowledge, while still respecting the administrative autonomy we all need to achieve operational and service goals?

Join Laura Sill, Peggy Griesinger, and Mikala Narlock from the University of Notre Dame in a conversation about Community of Practice (CoP). The facilitators will share from research and their own experiences how the learning structure of CoP can be an effective model for cross-sector work and developing broad understanding within a given domain area.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will learn:

  • Concepts of CoP
  • Considerations for launching a community and determining fit within a domain area
  • Ways to structure and administer a sustainable CoP that can maximize member needs

A short bibliography of suggested reading will be provided.

Who Should Attend

All are welcome! CoP apply to libraries of all types and sizes, and any organization with staff working across administrative areas. 


Laura Sill, Director of Metadata Services at the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame, works with program units to support assigned metadata operations and with library stakeholders to articulate metadata strategy on behalf of the Libraries, considering quality and consistency of metadata across the Libraries’ systems ecosystem. Laura has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Peggy Griesinger, Head of Metadata Initiatives in the Metadata Services Program of the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame, works with her team to manage complex metadata work as well as metadata stewardship and governance at the Libraries. Peggy has a MLS from Indiana University.

Mikala Narlock, Digital Collection Strategy librarian in the Digital Services Program of the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame, is responsible for developing, monitoring, and advancing the services, infrastructure, and operations for the Hesburgh Libraries’ digital repositories, including the Marble digital collection site and the institutional repository, CurateND. Mikala has an MLS from Indiana University.




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