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A Teensy-Tiny Survey of Seasoned Librarians | Not Dead Yet

A Teensy-Tiny Survey of Seasoned Librarians | Not Dead Yet | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here's a short survey result from a bunch of library friends around the country—folks who’ve worked in public, academic, and special libraries, who are on the front lines, in back rooms, at the top, and in-between. Guaranteeing them complete anonymity, they were asked to reply to four questions. Here are the questions and the unexpurgated replies received:  

What do you like best about your library job?  What do you like least?   If you had it to do over, what, if anything, would you change about your library career choices?  Any advice for up-and-coming librarians? 

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What do you like best about your library job?  What don't you like about your job?   If you had it to do over, what, if anything, would you change about your library career choices?  Any advice for up-and-coming librarians?  Find out the answers from seasoned librarians here, and learn more about your career choice.

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An Essential Skill for All Librarians

An Essential Skill for All Librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"If I can't beat the gurus, sherpas, and assorted sages, I'm going to join them. Today I'm going to tell you, fellow librarians, the most basic, core skill that all of you need, more important than coding, cataloging, database searching, or anything else. It’s a subject barely taught in library schools, and yet mastery of it will do more for your career than just about anything actually taught there. What is librarianship really about? It’s about communication. And where there’s communication, you need rhetoric. ...

 

"Think about all the communication that goes on in libraries every day: phone calls, meetings, emails, IMs, negotiations, reference questions, performance reviews, grant proposals, instruction sessions, research guides, cover letters, job interviews; every one of these interactions is about communication with an audience for a purpose and could benefit from improved rhetorical skill and knowledge of rhetorical theory and techniques.

 

"Before you learn whatever new thing you’re planning to learn, learn rhetoric first. Then practice it for a few years. You’ll thank me later."

 

More here: http://blogs.princeton.edu/librarian/2013/03/essential-skill-all-librarians/

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Ackn. -" . . .  It’s a subject barely taught in library schools, and yet mastery of it will do more for your career than just about anything actually taught there. What is librarianship really about? It’s about  communication"

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What role do university librarians play in access to research?

What role do university librarians play in access to research? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

With open access changing the ways research is disseminated, how can libraries make the most of resources and what support do they need?

 

Librarians have numerous roles to play in the growing digital environment, with the move towards open access prompting a profound change in the way university libraries manage their scholarly communications – not least in how they use online repositories for publishing and opening up access to research.

 

What are the responsibilities of the university library and librarian when it comes to university research access? How can librarians continue to add value through research repositories? And what support and collaboration do they need from their own institutions and the wider higher education sector?

 

Read the views of a panel of experts who discussed these and related questions here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/2013/jan/23/university-libraries-open-access-publishing

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What are librarians worth around the world

What are librarians worth around the world | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
This highly informative infographic put together by Masters in Education and ObizMedia, is analyzing the role of a library and a librarian in our life.

 

More and more of today's librarians are high-tech information sleuths, and clever navigators, helping library users plumb the oceans of information.

 

This infographic clearly demonstrates what are librarians worth around the world: http://ebookfriendly.com/2012/11/16/library-librarians-infographic/

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Fostering Female Technology Leadership in Libraries

Fostering Female Technology Leadership in Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Roy Tennant writes, "I had been working much of my career in the rarified air of library technology, where the gender disparity is far different. I don’t have figures, but anecdotally it is almost flipped. And this needs to change. It doesn’t need to change for (simply) equity reasons, but because we need women in library technology. Diversity in your work force is a good thing. Diversity of perspectives, skills, experiences, and ways of working strengthen any organization."

 

Read more on his ideas as to how "we can change things":  http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/10/roy-tennant-digital-libraries/fostering-female-technology-leadership-in-libraries/

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Think Like a Start-Up: a White Paper to inspire library entrepreneuralism

Think Like a Start-Up: a White Paper to inspire library entrepreneuralism | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"This paper is a collection of talking points intended to stir the entrepreneurial spirit in library leaders at every level. I think it is also useful for library science students as they prepare to enter and impact the profession."

 

This document written by Brian Mathews is intended to inspire transformative thinking using insight into startup culture and innovation methodologies.  You can view/download the paper here: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/18649

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INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian

INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Informed Librarian Online is a current awareness web site and newsletter for all librarians and information professionals covering all of the librarians' professional reading.

 

Building a Better Librarian: Why Your Work as a Librarian Begins LONG Before Your Graduate Program by Courtney E. Jacobs, is directed to those aspiring librarians seeking advice on the perilous journey ahead, as well as to colleagues, supervisors, and mentors of aspiring librarians who seek to offer the same assistance we have all benefited from in the past.

 

Read more here: http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1208.html

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Tenure and Promotion Experiences of Academic Librarians of Color

Tenure and Promotion Experiences of Academic Librarians of Color | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This study broadly examines factors impacting work-life experiences of library faculty of color (who identifies with a traditionally underrepresented group, such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, or Native Americans) within the framework of tenure policies and processes. An online survey was sent out to academic librarians of color to gauge perceptions of tenure and promotion policies and processes, professional activities and productivity, organizational climate and culture, and job satisfaction and retention. Results of the survey showed mixed findings regarding the impact of race on the tenure and promotion process. Findings can be used to inform future discussions of recruitment and retention for academic librarians of color and to improve the overall tenure experience. 

 

Check out the latest issue of College and Research Libraries (May 2012) here: http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/3/279.full.pdf+html

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Fostering New Roles for Librarians Skills Set for Repository Managers

Fostering New Roles for Librarians Skills Set for Repository Managers | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The open access movement in scholarly communication has grown considerably over the last ten years and it has driven an increase in the number of institutional repositories (IRs). New professional roles and skills had to be developed to secure effective IR management: http://microblogging.infodocs.eu/?p=1268

 

Italian repository managers are of the opinion that the skills required to promote the repository within the institution and those required to deal with copyright issues as the most essential skills repository managers should acquire and be trained for. Collection development and metadata expertise, familiarity with project management and expertise in repository workflow design are also highly rated. Technical skills are needed to deal with interoperability standards and protocols.

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15 Vintage Photos of Librarians

15 Vintage Photos of Librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here are some old photos of librarians showing both the diversity of their duties and the diversity of the workers themselves. Included are vintage photos of notable librarians like Dr. Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress,  and Paul Brockett, Librarian of the Smithsonian National Academy of Science.  All images courtesy of the Library of Congress, unless otherwise mentioned.


Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/124841#ixzz1tJXGn2yh

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Is Your Library Ready for a UX Librarian? | The User Experience 

Is Your Library Ready for a UX Librarian? | The User Experience  | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

User experience isn’t something that can be sprinkled onto a library to make it relevant and engaging to its users. To have a meaningful impact, user experience thinking must be integrated into all aspects of a library. This means that everyone in the organization needs to consider how the decisions they make relate to other parts of the organization and impact users. This isn’t easily achieved, and it won’t magically happen by hiring someone with a neat job title.

 

Unless everyone on staff is already on the same page about this kind of design mentality, preparing for a UX librarian means creating organizational change.

 

SIGNS OF READINESS

Your library might be ready for a UX Librarian if:
• it holds regular cross-departmental meetings that people find productive
• people in the organization put ideas before their egos
• the library is ready to research its community
• change isn't a dirty word
• there's a widespread genuine desire to improve the library

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A Day In The Life Of A Librarian | Straight from the Stacks

A Day In The Life Of A Librarian | Straight from the Stacks | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Librarians consider librarianship a great career.  In this interview, Zarah Gagatiga, a licensed librarian, teacher, writer-blogger, storyteller and the current chair of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), gives us a sneak peek into the library industry and current trends on Philippine librarianship.

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5 reasons why we really need librarians and Information Professionals in the Internet age

5 reasons why we really need librarians and Information Professionals in the Internet age | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"The library world is changing, there’s no doubt about that. The way we organise, seek and retrieve information has changed massively over the last 10 years and more dramatic changes will follow.  Threatened budget cuts have led to worrying times for library workers. But these are exciting times too! Advances in technology mean we can reach users in previously unimagined ways and provide amazing new services.  So, in celebration of National Libraries Day, here are 5 key reasons why we really need librarians and Information Professionals in the Internet age…"

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Top 25 most famous librarians in history

Top 25 most famous librarians in history | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
A list of the 25 most famous librarians in history
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What do these people have in common ~ Benjamin Franklin, Melvil Dewey, Eratosthenes, Mao Zedong, Golda Meir, J. Edgar Hoover, Giacomo Casanova, Pope Pius XI, David Hume, Marcel Duchamp, Lewis Carroll, Laura Bush, Madeleine L'Engle, Marcel Proust, Jorge Luis Borges, Jacob Grimm, Phillip Larkin, and Jessamyn West? 

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5 Ways Librarians Can Repurpose Their Job Experiences

5 Ways Librarians Can Repurpose Their Job Experiences | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here are 5 tips on how librarians can repurpose their job experiences: blogging, creating a workshop, publishing an article, making an online presentation, and speaking at a library conference.

 

Details here: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2013/5-easy-ways-librarians-can-repurpose-their-job-experiences/

 
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Least Stressful Jobs of 2013 - 9. Librarian | CareerCast.com

Least Stressful Jobs of 2013 - 9. Librarian | CareerCast.com | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
CareerCast helps job seekers find a job, create a resume, get email job alerts, read career news and best job rankings. Employers post jobs to multiple sites.

 

A peaceful atmosphere and unlimited access to literature makes librarian a welcoming career option for the bookish. Librarians have many careers paths at schools, colleges and universities, city/county funded libraries and in corporate research.

 

Librarian is among the top ten least stressful jobs of 2013.

 

The comments thread (ranging from "are you joking?" to "seriously...") are more interesting than this job ranking: http://www.careercast.com/career-news/least-stressful-jobs-2013-librarian

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10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age

10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

After “10 Reasons Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library,” a 2001 article in American Libraries, we’ve drafted this list of reasons why libraries matter in a digital age.

 

Accessing the internet is easy, but libraries help people use the internet better.

 

Read the reasons, and add more:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/10-ways-libraries-matter-digital-age

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Personal Branding for Librarians

Personal Branding for Librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The trend of establishing and maintaining a personal brand has been a hot topic for some time with the public at large, traceable as far back as 1937 .... Unsurprisingly, personal branding has also caught on with librarians, notoriously preoccupied as we are with our professional image, both as we appear to fellow librarians and as we appear to others.

 

Establishing a Personal Brand:  Five Questions to Ask Yourself

* What would an employer learn if he or she googled me?

* What kind of job am I looking for?

* What’s my personal mantra?

* If I asked my friends to describe me, what would they say?

* How can I make myself stand out in a crowded field?

 

For more, read here:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/11062012/personal-branding-librarians?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=american+libraries+magazine

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In addition to marketing the library, librarians themselves are finding a need to market their online idenities.

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Survey Findings from UK Reveal Librarians Second Only to Doctors in Public’s Trust | LJ INFOdocket

Survey Findings from UK Reveal Librarians Second Only to Doctors in Public’s Trust | LJ INFOdocket | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Internet users trust library staff more than most other providers of online support and information, and public library staff are second only to doctors in terms of the trust placed in them by seekers of information, according to an evaluation commissioned by the UK Society of Chief Librarians and supported and funded by Arts Council England.


80% of the users surveyed through the Public Libraries Information Offer said that the support provided in libraries improved their level of understanding of online information and 70% said that it had improved their online knowledge and skills. Users said they would overwhelmingly recommend their public library’s online information to other people.

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Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way

Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

A library director envisions a future where the librarian and the library are a central hub of the community. "Librarians have the power to change lives and build community—but to do this, we have to leave our desks, leave our buildings, and show the community what a powerful tool we are." The library’s most powerful asset is its professional staff--- librarians interacting with the community, answering their questions, informing their discussions, and helping them—as partners—achieve their goals. These opportunities will not find us; we have to seek them.

 

Find out more about embedding our librarians here:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/06132012/community-reference-making-libraries-indispensable-new-way

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Self love and Joy and Satisfaction in Librarianship

Self love and Joy and Satisfaction in Librarianship | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Professional Librarianship Paper on Image of Libraries and Librarians.

 

A review of factors affecting the image of librarians which concludes that librarians feed and support negative images of themselves. Basic to the promotion of libraries is the need to ensure that every library worker believe in his or her own worth.

 

"The image that the world has of us, and which does have a bearing on our effectiveness, will only change if our self image changes first."

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My Take on Librarians

My Take on Librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
From my recent Slideshare presentations, I have had a number of questions about what my thinking is about the role of teacher-librarians?  Here is the slide that has generated some discussion

 

Many teacher-librarians have transformed what they do to stay relevant and ahead of the curve.  Here's a presentation showing how teacher-librarians are trying to support digital literacy and move forward with inquiry-based learning.

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Do I Really Have to Leave the Role of School Librarian To Do the Work of a School Librarian?

Do I Really Have to Leave the Role of School Librarian To Do the Work of a School Librarian? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The new issue of School Library Journal features a cover story called, “Next Year’s Model: Sarah Ludwig left the library, became a tech coordinator, and forged a path to the future."In that story, author Linda Braun wonders if school librarians have to leave the library and take on a completely different job title to do the work of a modern school librarian. The thesis seems to be that school librarians taking on job titles other than school librarian, like “technology coordinator”, might be the future of the profession.

 

Here's a response to the story that challenges school librarians to change the perceptions about what modern school librarianship is all about, and what is essential to the future of the profession:  http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/do-i-really-have-to-leave-the-school-library-to-do-the-work-of-a-school-librarian/

 

 

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For Librarians, Librarianship is Still About the Books

For Librarians, Librarianship is Still About the Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

While technology and gadgets seem to be overtaking much of library work, the love of words, the love of books is at the heart of librarianship for librarians around the world: http://lisnews.org/for_librarians_librarianship_is_still_about_the_books

 

This article was originally published at http://theantiquarianlibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-librarians-librarianship-is-still.html.

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So you want to be a subject librarian…

So you want to be a subject librarian… | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Wikiman works as an Academic Liaison Librarian – a subject librarian – at the University of York.   He writes this blog post about what the job has been like for him, and specifically what he expected about being a subject librarian and what he did not.  He also writes about what he likes about his role which does not fit into any of the two categories.

 

Read more here:  http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=1844

 

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