April 05, 2005

This is Important

http://www.librarian.net/stax/1215

"...we all know libraries are changing. The library workforce is changing and the nature of the job is changing. The more librarians know the lingo of the new tech world of fee-for-service models instead of you-bought-it-you-own-it models of yore, the better we will be able to advocate for our patrons to provide the best service for them and the best return for their investment in us. You donít have to live on IM to understand why IM might be a good alternative to 24/7 ref. You donít have to check your email 100 times a day to know why email is a good way to increase patron contact options. You donít have to podcast to understand why podcasts are an interesting and homegrown alternative to increasingly centralized and depersonalized audio content.

In the same way we donít all have to be graphic novel fans to select them and realize their value for our patrons, we donít all have to become cyborgs to realize the value of technology to our patrons, and the way technology can change lives, whether people access it in libraries or not. Iíll be presenting a lot of ideas librarians should, in my opinion, be learning about not as a way to say ďHey dork, if you donít know about this youíre falling behind!Ē or even ďAll libraries should have this!Ē but as a way to say ďWhen the time comes for you to decide if your library needs this, and that time will come, here are the things youíll need to help you make that decision.Ē Smart librarians make smart choices and Iíd like to help all of you get smart, no fooliní."

Word of the day: resonate. This resonates deeply with me. the first paragraph is all about being "in the know." When I write about those meetings that take place in libraries where people talk tech someone needs to be in the know! That doesn't mean you all have to be geeks BUT I want knowledgable people around my meeting room table. The second paragraphs dances with one of my favorite terms: technolust! "All libraries should have this! Uh, guess what? No, they shouldn't. All libraries should use the tools of technology to meet their mission and fulfill their users needs. Just sayin'.

Posted by Michael at April 5, 2005 07:51 PM | TrackBack
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