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Open Culture at the Heart of the University: Libraries as Multicommons

The university library can be reconceptualized as a powerful engine for open culture. A generative and regenerative center that naturally brings disciplines, cultures, and generations together, the university library can expand its role in open culture far beyond sharing institutionally-produced research and data through open repositories. Drawing on the experience of a public polytechnic university, this presentation describes the emergence of a university library as a system of open culture programs and as a place where a speeding culture can stop to dialogue, think, and create: generating collective interactive learning; fostering collaboration with open data; cultivating open conversations and learning communities; integrating open education into courses and informal learning; and furthering peer-to-peer learning. The presentation concludes with a look at governance and organizational learning about processes that invite community engagement. - See more at:

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Open Culture at the Heart of the University: Libraries as Multicommons

  1. 1. “The longer I work at Kennedy Library, the more I realize that it’s not just a big cement box filled with books and computers and couches. The library is a project, a work-in-progress, constantly growing and expanding and changing as students’ needs change.”
  2. 2. …then click the placeholders to add your own pictures and captions. CHOOSE A LAYOUT
  3. 3. Click a picture, and then click the Format Picture tab to create your own frames and make picture corrections such as adjusting contrast and brightness or cropping the picture for just the right look.
  4. 4. #6: Bus shelters
  5. 5. 1. The community is the expert.
  6. 6. 6. Start with the petunias.
  7. 7. 11. You are never finished
  8. 8. Powers, Richard (2000). Plowing the Dark.
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  10. 10. REFERENCE: Powers, Richard (2000). Plowing the Dark.