libpunk is as great as it sounds

amy posted this April 28th, 2010 | filed under: discovery, innovation, inspire me!, moi | Tags: | 1 comment »


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libpunk was a term coined by kathryn stemming from jim’s term edupunk. she has a killer definition on her blog – so go check that out.

i took it to mean “building libraries out of whatever you have handy”. be that wordpress, scraps of paper, or just a really smart dude who is willing to connect folks to information. voilĂ  – library!

i have to say that i’m less concerned with the mechanics of libpunk. you don’t need to hate corporate ‘Merica to be libpunk. some library vendors give a damn. you don’t have to hate tenure, conferences, or the boringest parts of your job to be libpunk

what you have to be, to be libpunk, is willing to critically evaluate everything and look for non-libraryland answers that suit your needs. other folk have solutions to our problems, just as we likely have solutions to some of theirs.

i see libpunk as the opportunity to break-free from libraryland-only talk. break-free from reinventing the wheel. break-out of silos. break-up with partnerships that don’t help our users. but mostly, BREAK THINGS AND MAKE THEM BETTER.


One Comment on “libpunk is as great as it sounds”

  1. 1 Andy Burkhardt said at 5:53 pm on May 17th, 2010:

    Amy, I like this philosophy behind this idea of libpunk. I think a number of libraries are doing this, but thinking of it in this way gives them a better framework to think about it.

    Our library doesn’t have tons extra money (like most libraries) and it is sometimes difficult to go through IT for things. But we cobble together a lot of free services from the web. Sometimes they break (like last week) and we get something new. But we make it work. We don’t have to simply go through vendors, IT, or traditional channels to make the library rock. Good post!


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