Module 7: Community-based Information Resources

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 resources and how participation can create positive outcomes. Consider what information resources your community is creating as you explore this module.

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. LLACE

Things to View:

Things to Explore:

  • Tedx Talks. (2010). TedxNYED – Henry Jenkins
  •  The University of Iowa Custom Libraries. (2019). 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.