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Undaimonia: Defining the modern librarian

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Simon Barron:

"Since librarianship is a “world made of many worlds” (2), what is a librarian? Can there be one single definition?" [...]

"From librarians in public libraries corralling children and dressing as the BookStart bear to librarians in law firms researching for solicitors and dressing up in suits; from archivists working with ancient tomes to military librarians teaching information literacy to soldiers. We have different concerns, different methods, different audiences, different lives." [...]

[...] "a couple of characteristics which are shared between librarians.

 

Authority and duty."

 

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"Rather than the simple possession of a qualification or a job title, modern librarianship is defined by a state of mind."

 

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Library Connect News: Defining a Librarian in the Information Age: Can it be done?

Library Connect News: Defining a Librarian in the Information Age: Can it be done? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @NazlinBhimani: Library Connect -Defining a Librarian in the Information Age http://t.co/51OZD8oz...

 

 

 

Answer this question:

 

"A Librarian in the information age is most like a ____________________________ because ____________________________."

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ArchivesInfo: The People and Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work?

ArchivesInfo: The People and Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

MELISSA MANNON:

RT @archivesinfo: The People & Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work?

 

"An archivist cares for the materials that are created by people - materials that tell their stories certainly, but materials that can also stand on their own in many ways. Archivists are not oral historians, genealogists, or even historians. As archivists, I would argue that our main focus is the "stuff" and not the people themselves. We care for archives and personal papers so that stories can be gleaned from them. We ensure that enough original items are saved so they adequately tell complete stories. Yet, we are more directly tied to the "stuff" and, at least on a professional responsibility level, more interested in what humans create than in the humans themselves."

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"But when it comes right down to a definition, the Society of American Archivists describe an archivist in this way: "An individual responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring value, according to the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control to protect the materials’ authenticity and context." Indeed, archives work IS about the stuff."

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