I recently accepted an invitation to join a LinkedIn Group. No big deal, like many of Slaw readers I am a member of a handful of relevant discussion groups in LinkedIn. I follow LinkedIn Groups that could generally be described as communities of practice. My groups have titles like Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals, Law Firm Research Managers, Law Firm Knowledge Management (a subgroup of Legal IT Netowrk), and so on.
I remember the term “communities of practice” best from an Ark Conference that I attended years ago called Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library & Information Service Centers. Coincidentally, Connie Crosby, who was also a speaker at that conference, posted here at Slaw about the conference and about Joel Alleyne, the moderator who was discussing this concept.
The LinkedIn Group I joined yesterday could also be described as a community of practice. Its title is Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research and Information Services 2013. This is an open group for people interested in following the 2013 conference. Following a conference on LinkedIn is not something that I have any experience with, though I like the concept. A lot.
- Rather than relying on Twitter hashtags, discussion is collected in one place by design
- There is greater potential for detailed discussion with multiple people, something that can be difficult with conference blog posts
- There is potential for in the moment posting via LinkedIn mobile app use during the conference
- There is potential for an ongoing community of practice if the group continues to thrive
What do you think about following a conference with LinkedIn?