Want to get involved?
There are many ways to get involved with the TPS Collective. We welcome members who simply want to stay up to date on current trends in our field and to take part in events, but some are looking for ways to actively take part in and guide the direction of this group. Below is a list of roles that we currently fill in the TPS Collective.
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These people make the TPS Collective a reality:
Learners, Lurkers, and Leaders
The non-hierarchical, peer mentorship structure of the TPS Community means that there is a role for every level of participation. Over time we have noticed that people come to the website and events to learn; stay to share, contribute, or connect; and begin to take leadership roles as they feel comfortable doing so. Many people fit into multiple categories and evolve their roles and participation level over time.
The Sandbox Team plans hands-on, small group sessions to explore tech tools related to TPS. Tasks for helping to organize this work include scheduling, topic selection, outreach, and session hosting.
Community Calls Team
The Community Calls Team helps move planning forward for the TPS Community Calls, which are held about monthly and open to all. Tasks include facilitating session scheduling, topic selection, and recruiting for call roles.
The TPS Unconference team plans regular TPS Unconference events. These are informal and fun half-day or day-long events featuring attendee-driven programming around TPS. Members of this team work on various committees related to program planning; venue organization; registration; marketing; and more.
Notes from the Field Editorial Team
Composed of a lead editor and two assistant editors, Notes from the Field Editorial Team currently oversees development of two series. Notes from the Field is a collaborative product between the TPS Collective and the RBMS Instruction and Outreach Committee.
Website Development Team
The Website Development Team designs and maintains the site, working with WordPress and liaising with contributors.
The TPS Collective Facilitation Team pursues professional development content, relationship building, and connection opportunities for the TPS Community. As point people for the TPS Collective areas, we seek deeper integration between the different professional organizations, institutions, and individuals doing TPS work. As grassroots volunteers, we seek to maintain a broad, flat, non-hierarchical approach in our work of facilitation, and we are not a governing body. This lack of structure is intentional and tied to our belief that the work of the community speaks for itself, but is dispersed and can benefit from coordinated idea and task sharing.