Barbara Quint on the Future of LIBRARIANS (A con-grunt)

(Note from MS: Barbara's talk over the speaker phone blew me out of the water.... I had to take a minute to breathe before I did my thing...Here's what I wrote down...)

What is our FUTURE?

Why didn't librarians invent GOOGLE? AMAZON? We have not done what we should have. We have to get in the game! But we should never lose our service ethic...that's what it is all about!

We must go up or we will go out.

A LIBRARIANS future role for survival:

"Executive Valet of the Mind"
Content critic and guardian
CIO - Chief Information Officer
Text miner

"If online is the answer, what is the question?"

What about traditional library services? It is not a growing profession. Horses will always need shoes BUT if someone else is doing a better job at something, let them do it so you can focus on more important things.

How do we stay ahead?

Look for the UNASKED QUESTIONS with a question patrol
Discuss these questions in your meetings
Look at the specifics but have a "World View" (ms: THE BIG PICTURE, kids)
Learn about new technologies
Look at WHO is asking the questions

Posted: Mon - November 17, 2003 at 03:01 PM