Community Building and Social Media Engagement

Speaker Chris Alen Sula

Chris Alen Sula is Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute School of Information & Library Science. He teaches a graduate courses in Community Building & Engagement, Digital Humanities, Information Visualization, and critical theory.

Libraries are increasingly seen as community centers, spaces where, in addition to information resources, people can come to explore new things, hold meetings, enjoy music, hear local authors, hack, play, and otherwise engage in public events. These activities have potential for bringing new and diverse audiences into the library, but they also require a shift in thinking from traditional models of librarianship to a community-centered concept. This workshop will focus on strategies and tools for community building, including identifying community resources, planning strategic partnerships, and working within your organization to effect change. We will also discuss how to link in-person activities with online presence and plan social media content that engages community members through meaningful interactions.

Who should attend:
Outreach coordinators, social media planners, and others looking to place communities at the center of their libraries

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify community resources and opportunities
  • Link in-person activities with online presence
  • Plan social media content for community engagement

Questions about registration or cancellation?  Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures.


Thu, Aug. 7, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Eastern

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METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003