hey, common sense, where you at?

amy posted this March 2nd, 2011 | filed under: discovery, ilovemyjob, innovation, inspire me!, moi | 3 comments »

the beauty of being a librarian (or perhaps the horror, depending on the day) is that you are always a librarian – no matter what you are chatting about, you always come back to similar themes: access, authority, and service.

awhile ago a little chat on friendfeed (which likely started nowhere near what it became) evolved into david developing a bit of a “manifesto” for what he calls (and i love) “common sense librarianship“.

go and read it. my favourite is the first:

The world of information has always been in a constant state of flux. As technology continues to changes the world of information, it is preferable for information professionals and the institutions they serve to adapt rather than perish.

and this is the thing, as much as i rant about how slow change is in libraryland, we are capable of doing it. think of the changes in libraries over the past 100 years!

  • open stacks
  • telephone reference
  • the automation of the library
  • electronic holdings
  • chat reference
  • online information literacy tutorials
  • (note these are not in a real order)…

our track record indicates that we are able to adapt and change, we just have to stop being scared to do it.


3 Comments on “hey, common sense, where you at?”

  1. 1 Marianne said at 11:37 pm on March 2nd, 2011:

    You know, I think actually we don’t *EVEN* have to stop being scared. I’ve done some pretty boss things while scared shitless of doing them before… and I think a lot of the changes you mention were also made despite (sometimes valid) fears and worries.

    Kickin’ butt! Scared or not! That’s a librarian rallying cry if I ever heard one;).

  2. 2 amy said at 12:06 am on March 3rd, 2011:

    ya, maybe scared isn’t the right word.
    i do think we should be(a)/ware (LOL!) of shiny things and make sure that they meet our the needs of our community before implementing them.
    but being scared of change just because it’s a change… JE DIS NON!

  3. 3 Brett said at 12:51 am on March 3rd, 2011:

    Scared isn’t even in the picture. A lot of these changes we just have to roll with.

    Do, or do not. There is no try.

    I think Yoda says it well…

    I do think we as librarians do have a really good track record in adaption to change. Our vendors? Perhaps not so much.


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