Includes slidecast: "Publisher of the Community: New Librarianship Unencumbered by Our Stacks" PLS President's Program at the NYLA 2011 Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY. Abstract: Imagine libraries are places to learn and create, not consume and check out.
"In our libraries over the centuries we have also built up many a fortification in architecture, policy, and language. It’s time to realize we don’t need to protect ourselves from our communities but forge strong ties and loose porous borders. So that someday we can thrive and grow beyond our walls."
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"Looking at this across the disciplines you start to see how important the knowledge-creation activity plays into the sense of identity. The overriding theme is that one does not become a “scholar” until they have created something new. This is symbolic with the dissertation, but students all mentioned the value of journal articles, conference papers/presentations, and other means of creation, such as constructing datasets, writing algorithms, composing musical scores, or producing a play. In their eyes, it is the act of creation that distinguishing the student from the scholar."
Learn how to conceptualize and use your subject guides as more than a static web page--we'll explore how subject guides can anchor partnerships for learning, introduce social scholarship, and model processes and skills for networked learners who are creating personal learning environments.
Before moving forward, it is necessary to define next-gen. To be next-gen is to embrace or strive to embrace the virtues discussed below. Rather than defining the librarian’s place in the field as it relates to others, next-gen defines the evolving role of all librarians. As the profession evolves, so too must the librarians. The next-gen attitude can be embodied by anyone regardless of age, number of years in the field, and even techno-proficiency.
This list of virtues of the next-gen librarian comes from discussions amongst the authors, but also conversations with other librarians and library directors. These are virtues that are hopefully widely shared across the profession.
"My question is: How can we remove the individual as a factor in whether the library position in a school is in jeopardy? You get a bad science teacher, you don't eliminate the science program. You get a poor reading teacher, you don't stop teaching kids to read. Tell me one position in the school - not guidance counselor, not PE teacher, not art teacher, not custodian, not vice-principal, not even tech director - that the person in the position is routinely eliminated by eliminating the position itself..."
I've always done inquiry science, but it has been more teacher-directed than I wanted. Over the summer I took an e-course in “Unleashing Student Passion” hoping to find a better approach. Isn’t that what summers are for? It’s the best time to look back at what worked well and what you could improve. In the summer of 2011, I went in search of ideas on how to develop more independent and critical thinkers...