Module Six: Community-Generated Information Sources and Services

Module 6 Community_GeneratedMany information communities of all sizes, shapes, and stripes are built on the concept of participation. Even before the internet, groups were organizing, sharing, and creating information resources as part of their culture.  Participatory culture, defined by Henry Jenkins in Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture, “is a culture with relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations, and some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices” (p.3). Networked technologies only amplify the possibilities for communities to form and thrive. When barriers fall away, participation is possible. This module explores community-created information communities and how libraries are working with these groups to enhance services.

Things to Read:

  • Wakimoto, D. K., Hansen, D. L., & Bruce, C. (2013). The case of LLACE: Challenges, triumphs, and lessons of a community archives. The American Archivist, 76(2), 438-457.  The Case of LLACE.pdf

Things to Explore:

  • Stephens, M. (2008). The Pragmatic Biblioblogger: Examining the motivations and observations of Early Adopter Librarian Bloggers. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 13(4), 311-345.  StephensPragmaticBlogger.pdf
  • Jenkins, H. (2013, June 3). Transforming television: An interview with Denise Mann (Part Three) [Web log post]. Confessions of an Aca-Fan.  Retrieved from
  • The University of Iowa Custom Libraries. (2012). DIY history: Help build the historical record by doing it yourself! Retrieved from



Jenkins, H. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture. Chicago, IL: MacArthur Foundation.

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