Posts tagged ‘Participatory Librarianship’

10/08/2011

Aussie Librarian Blogs worth following

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Some Australian Librarian and related blogs worth following.

ADHD Librarian by the ADHD Librarian (twitter/ADHD_librarian)

 

Better than cheesecake by Susanne Newton

 

Bronwyn’s Library Blog by Bronwyn Ritchie

 

Bright Ideas – School Libraries Association of Victoria

 

ConnectingLibrarian by Michelle MacLean

 

Derek’s ALIA Blog by Derek Whitehead

 

Explodedlibrarian by Morgan Wilson

 

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08/08/2011

The future of librarianship / R. David Lankes, 2011

Speaking at the Delaware Library Town Hall, Dover, in January 2011, R. David Lankes spoke about ‘The future of librarianship’.   R. David Lankes challenges librarians, and library staff, not to be passive as change occurs in the profession.  Librarians need to be “proactive” when they encounter changes which some in the profession fear will push library professionals out of libraries in favour of dumbed down services.  Change will happen whether we like it or not, so can librarians see opportunities in the change to engage more fully with “members” of the library?

This is a really inspiring talk, worth listening to a few times if you think you understood it the first time.  It is just under 20 minutes on Vimeo.com, (audio from R. David Lankes website).  Lankes asks ‘Are you OK with that?’ when librarians see a future in which library services are delivered not by librarians but by computers.  He  wants librarians to see people, “YOU”, as the centre of activity for librarians, not buildings, statistic collection, technology, or the latest computer applications.  Using this idea, he changes the usual question ‘What is the future of libraries?’ into ‘What should be the future of libraries and librarians in a democracy?’  He suggests ‘The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.”

Some great quotes I took away from from the talk include:

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06/08/2011

Case Study – The Unquiet Library : an example of developing Library 2.0 technology.

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While looking for interesting library related videos online I came across The Unquiet Library.

Allot of the information for the Unquiet Library has been developed by Buffy Hamilton for the Creekview High School (Georgia, USA) Library Media Centre website, and some links to her websites are below.  The term ‘Media Centre’ hasn’t caught on in Australia yet, but it refers to a ‘Hybrid Library‘ which incorporates digital technology into the traditional library services
to allow for increased participation by service users to develop the sort of library users need – essentially, ‘Library 2.0’.

The online face of the Unquiet Library includes:

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Is it all too much?  A look around these sites indicates that there is a reasonable useage of the services offered.  The

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