Participatory Librarianship with Buffy Hamilton, the Unquiet Librarian

ALAO is excited to present an interactive workshop with Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian, entitled “Participatory Librarianship: Shaping Conversations to Advocate the Impact of Our Academic Libraries.”

How can academic libraries use participatory practices to impact their own academic communities? How can we spark, encourage, and sustain conversations for learning, as well as build rich, meaningful community engagement? Together, through small and whole group conversations, we will examine existing effective practices and strategies. We will brainstorm new possibilities for elevating the role of the library to an integral affinity space that cultivates and nurtures the evolving needs of our higher education communities.

Our facilitator Buffy Hamilton will lead small groups in interactive conversations about maximizing and communicating value by framing our services and programming through a lens of participatory librarianship. We will follow the World Café methodology, which promises a fun, visually rich, stimulating workshop, with plenty of exciting take-aways from the shared energy and collective wisdom of our colleagues.

About Buffy Hamilton

Buffy Hamilton is the librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. A 20 year veteran educator, Hamilton’s research and practitioner interests include participatory learning and culture, ethnographic studies, digital composi-tion, critical pedagogy, and social scholarship.

Hamilton is a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, a 2011 winner of the (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Cutting Edge Library Service Award, the 2010 Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year, and a 2010 National School Boards Association Technology Leadership Network “20 to Watch”. Her blog, The Unquiet Librarian, was a winner of the 2011 Salem Press Best School Library Blog Award.

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