APLIC as a Community of Practice: How are we doing? What’s next?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
10:45 AM-12:00 PM


Julia Cleaver, Ipas
Sarah Burns, Pathfinder
Christopher Lindahl, EngenderHealth

Communities of Practice (COPs) are groups of people who share an interest (technical or professional) and share knowledge, information and experience in their group. This session was designed to give participants a stronger sense of community with their APLIC colleagues, and to come away understanding:

  • How APLIC can be an important professional community
  • How to engage outside of conferences and
  • What tools are available to support community engagement


Click here to view a PDF of the facilitators’ handout

During this session, participants were able to identify the roles that they were most likely to play in the APLIC CoP (participant vs. lurker, both of which have value in any CoP), identify a list of potential “tech buddies” (technical moderators) for APLIC virtual gatherings, and discuss topics for future monthly virtual gatherings.  These topics included:

  • Copyright and the RightFind tool
  • Citation software
  • Systematic collection of grey literature
  • Organizing one’s workflows: KanBan Flow
  • Web conferencing tools
  • ResearchGate
  • ILL

Participants also generated other ideas:

  • An APLIC book in celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary
  • “50 Stories” from APLIC
  • APLIC panel at 2017 Global Health Mini-University
  • APLIC flyer to disseminate at events
  • Form a consortium for subscriptions
  • Member welcomer
  • New member welcome packet


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