Commons & Collective Action: Exploring Non-market Approaches to Delivering Library (and other) Services

Commons & Collective Action:  Exploring Non-market Approaches to Delivering Library (and other) Services


Update 2/27/19 @ 9:00am:
Based on weather forecasts, this workshop will be delayed one hour and start at 10:00am.

The registration desk will open at 8:30am.

Lunch will be shortened to 30 minutes and we will have you on your way home by 3:30pm.


Where: University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Campus Center
First Floor Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA  01003
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Carpool information to this event can be found here

When:  Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:00am - 3:00pm
Note: Registration starts at 7:30am

Workshop Organizers:  Maryilyn Billings of University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Michael Roy of Middlebury College

Registration Fee:
NERCOMP Member:$145
Non Member $290
Your registration includes am break and lunch

Event Overview
What is a commons? How does it differ from a traditional market-based approach to providing a service or resource? How does one build and sustain a commons through system-level collective action? What are examples of commons-based approaches to delivering library (and other) services that exist or are in the process of being designed. This workshop will provide an introduction to the idea of a commons, and provide frameworks and tools for those interested in exploring this approach to designing and building services.  

Session Outcomes:
 - Learn how a commons-based approach is different from a market-based approach to developing and delivering a service or resources.
 - Learn strategies for building and sustaining a commons, with a focus on governance and collective action. 
 - Learn a set of current and planned commons, and understand opportunities for how to both learn from these examples, and to participate in these efforts.

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