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Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians

Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This lecture, of T. Scott Plutchak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reflects on future roles,  the potential dawning of a “great age of librarians,” if librarians make the conceptual shift of focusing on their own skills and activities rather than on their libraries.

 

The discussion centers on why physical libraries are becoming less relevant to the communities that they serve in the digital age.  "Librarians, however, are more necessary than ever in helping members of their communities navigate the increasingly complex information space. To meet their social responsibilities requires that librarians seek new roles and recognize that their most important activities will take place outside of the physical library."

 

It concludes: "A great age of librarians is possible, but not guaranteed. We are at the very beginning of the development of a digital culture that parallels the print culture that has been dominant for five hundred years. Innovative and creative librarians have the potential to shape the development of that culture in ways that will truly serve the needs of their communities."

 

Read the full text here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257492/

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If you want to work in libraries

The Information Profession is generally misunderstood; this is an effort to set the record straight.  Here are ten things you need to know if you want to work in libraries, a slideshare presentation by Ned Potter.

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Libraries Succeed by Constantly Evolving

Libraries Succeed by Constantly Evolving | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
People depend on libraries now more than ever. I see three big goals for libraries: provide engaging learning experiences, become community anchors, and provide access to content even as the devices for accessing that content change rapidly. 

 

There is no doubt that the future success of libraries depends on their ability to change and evolve to meet the changing ways that people access and use information.

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One Librarian’s Resolution for 2012: Battle the Stereotypes

One Librarian’s Resolution for 2012: Battle the Stereotypes | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Librarianship is an odd paradigm. We are at once expected to be both generalists and specialists, knowing something about nearly everything imaginable, and knowing a great deal about a particular topic of interest when people ask us for detailed information. Certainly, we learn and practice skills to help in that regard (yet another reason why you need a master’s degree to be a librarian), but even with experience, it’s not always easy."

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Joining a Noble Profession | From the Bell Tower

Joining a Noble Profession | From the Bell Tower | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Whether it’s a love of books or a passion to serve the community that drives the decision, librarianship is still a respected, compassionate and dignified career—a noble profession. It’s about making a difference, helping people, being part of something bigger than oneself, and improving the quality of the community. We connect emotionally with our work."

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How To Become a Librarian-Updated

How To Become a Librarian-Updated | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

So, you want to become a librarian? Welcome to a vibrant and exciting profession! Before leaping into a library career, though, take some time to explore your options. Learning what is involved and how librarians generally spend their time can help you determine if this is the field for you.

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The Atlas of New Librarianship

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Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.

 

The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field.

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Musings about librarianship: Aggregating sources for academic research in a web 2.0 world

Musings about librarianship: Aggregating sources for academic research in a web 2.0 world | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"In this rather long post, I will talk about the different sources one could add to stay on top of one's research area. These include RSS feeds from traditional databases (citation alerts, table of contents of favourite journals), library opac feeds of searches and new additions, book vendor sites (e.g Amazon) book sharing sites (e.g LibraryThing), social bookmarking sites both generic (e.g. Delicious) and research 2.0 sites (e.g. citeulike), Google alerts and more..."

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