Posts By: Grif Peterson

Learning at the Next Library Lab

This year, Dokk1 Library in Aarhus, Denmark asked us to facilitate an informal learning space at their Next Library conference. Dokk1 was looking to create a new type of space that sat alongside the more structured conference elements like keynotes, sessions, and ignite talks. They were looking for, in their words, a space where “participants…

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Creating an open course with P2PU

Two of our objectives this year are to improve the learning circle training materials and to implement a better workflow for people who want to create open courses for learning circles. So in March and April, we used our own Course in a Box tool to adapt our learning circle training materials into an open…

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How we evaluate our work

P2PU is largely a grant-funded organization, which means that we encounter a lot of grant reporting requirements. Over the past few years, we’ve often encountered a tension as traditional notions of reporting, assessment, evaluation, and data collection come into conflict with our values of peer learning, community, and equity. None of this is to say…

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Open learning and financial sustainability

Here’s an update from Matt Tucker, our business development fellow. He’s been working with P2PU since September to help us articulate revenue models to support learning circles. By the end of February, we’ll begin testing some new concepts that we hope will bring us consistent and unconstrained funding. Our values of peer learning, community, and…

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2018 Goals

Mission sustainability is as important as financial sustainability,  if not more so. Without and Executive Director, we need to set up internal tools and resources to help maintain our focus and provide reflection points throughout the year. One primary tool we use is called ‘Work in Progress’; a 6-week long cycle that the team meets…

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Making the internet work for us

Written by Wendy Pearson, Digital Inclusion Fellow at Kansas City Public Library, and cross posted from KCPL’s website. PREFACE As a digital inclusion leader, the Kansas City Public Library provides many ways to engage in digital learning, including a Digital Media Lab for teens, over 300 public access computers available over a ten branch system,…

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P2PU in Detroit

We just completed the first round of learning circles in Detroit, in partnership with Libraries Without Borders. Two learning circles were held at the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library (DPL) and one was held at The Matrix Center. In addition to running the three learning circles, P2PU and LWB trained 18 librarians and library…

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