Nexus LAB Workshop Series for Affiliated Communities

13 March 2017 to 17 August 2017
Through the Nexus LAB project, Educopia is offering a series of free skill development workshops for current and former committee members and voting representatives of the Library Publishing Coalition, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and the BitCurator Consortium.

Active members of these communities are invited to sign up for one or many of the six following pilot workshops aimed at developing leaders of the library, archives, and museum professions.

March 13, 2017 12:00-2:00 PM ET | Identifying and engaging supporters (and challengers)
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Learners will gain knowledge to: 1) identify the diverse stakeholders needed to achieve a given objective, evaluating the benefits and risks associated with engaging them, 2) list techniques to engage (and benefit from) aligned and opposed stakeholders, and 3) define tailored engagement objectives and tactics for distinct audiences/stakeholders. This session will help community leaders to gain skills for developing strategic, working relationships with others outside of their profession.

April 12, 2017 1:00-3:00 PM ET | Connecting your efforts to broader community and social issues
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Participants will strengthen their ability to: 1) appreciate the variety of community, social and economic issues that libraries, archives and museums can (and have) impacted, 2) identify shared issues and opportunities that span across libraries, archives and museums, 3) plan online and offline tactics for listening to, and engaging with, partner organizations to understand and relate to their objectives. This session will help community leaders to communicate and engage external partners by contextualizing their work in terms of what matters to their audiences.

May 4, 2017 1:00-3:00 PM ET | Leading together: leveraging networks of organizations for change
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Attendees will learn to: 1) describe why, when, and how a networked approach to leadership can be effective, 2) list the challenges and advantages associated with sharing leadership with diverse groups of organizations, 3) recognize and mitigate reluctance to engage from potential network partners, and 4) consider whether a networked leadership approach is appropriate for a given situation. Community leaders will gain an appreciation for when it is best to work together in an organized, networked fashion.

June 6, 2017 1:00-3:00 PM ET | Becoming a champion for your profession or practices
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Learners will gain the skills to: 1) describe what advocacy is and give examples of the different types of advocacy that libraries, archives, and museums professionals can engage in, 2) state the key differences between lobbying and advocacy, 3) describe different types of advocacy tools and approaches, with their benefits, and 4) develop action steps to move forward important issues. This class will help community leaders become better advocates, for the missions and practices being advanced by their communities.

July 14, 2017 1:00-3:00 PM ET Championing change: Assessing the impacts of your efforts
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Learners will build skills to: 1) differentiate between different levels of impact: organizational, field or profession, and community, 2) provide examples illustrating the difference between evaluating effort and evaluating impact, 3) identify and measure success when pursuing change, and 4) discuss the importance of incorporating feedback and making adjustments when acting as a champion. Community leaders will gain insights into how to measure the change they want to see.

August 17, 2017 1:00-3:00 PM ET Effective communications through networks
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Learners will work to: 1) draft powerful, consistent messages for achieving objectives with different audiences, 2) develop techniques for targeting where they can present or publish to better reach target audiences, and 3) understand reasons why it may be best to have another communicate a message. Community leaders will strengthen their strategic communications skills and gain approaches for communications and outreach planning.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.