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Hesburgh Libraries' Instruction Community of Practice

Collaborative Professional Development for Those who Teach

What is a community of practice?

“Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” (Wenger-Trayner, 2015)

Communities of practice share three central characteristics:

  • The domain: Members of a community of practice are committed to a particular domain of interest and have thus developed a competence or expertise in that domain. 
  • The community: Members of a community of practice build relationships with each other through activities and discussions where they help each other and share information.
  • The practice: Members of a community of practice are active participants in their domain and they build a shared practice over time by sharing their experiences with their community.

In other words, a community of practice is a group of people with a common interest who share their experiences with the goal of improving their practice.

Our community of practice

Monthly Discussion Forum


The Library Instruction Google group is used to communicate with librarians and staff involved in library instruction. Content of the listserv can include our successful instructional sessions, our challenges, teaching strategies, assessing learning, how to incorporate technology into the classroom, and much more. If you are interested in joining this listserv, contact Anna Michelle Martinez-Montavon.

Local Clearinghouse of Resources

Useful Resources

Useful Links

Resources for teaching Writing & Rhetoric library sessions


  • Feedback Form - A simple feedback form to use in classes. Feedback from completed forms is sent directly to your email address. Contact Cheri Smith if your name is not included on the form.
  • Library Instruction Request Form - This is the form that faculty on campus can use to request library instruction sessions.
  • Instruction Reporting Form (for ND Librarians) - Please note: You should file Instruction Reports in the Desk Tracker system, effective September 2010. Contact Sherri Jones ( if you need an account number and/or user name and password.
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