Striking an Ideal Balance


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Striking an Ideal Balance

  1. 1. Striking an Ideal Balance:Being a Librarian in the 21st Century Pratt Institute Assistant to Director McEntegart Hall Library St. Joseph’s College Caitlin Bronner, MLIS (Candidate, May 2013)
  2. 2. PurposeDescribe:• Qualities of a 21st century librarian• How we can deliver information in the best ways possible• How we can keep up with a changing environmentProvide Examples of:• My skills by providing project examples
  3. 3. Characteristics of a 21stCentury Librarian• Technology• Library Research & Statistics• Education & Outreach• Leadership/Management Skills• Copyright and Fair Use• Technical & Professional Writing Skills• Ability to be innovative and adaptable, while maintaining the core values and mission of librarianship
  4. 4. increasingly at the center of everything libraries changing collection development because so much information is available online or in electronic form....enhances communication between librarians and patrons....enables better decision-making in the library....saves time.
  5. 5. Technology ExamplesGimlet -Program that manages Reference/Circulation desk statistics, generates reports and allows for easier statistical analysis
  6. 6. Flickr• Program that allows users to digitally archive their photos• Users can organize their photos into sets and collections• Photos can be made available online free of charge to the public (or kept private)• Free method of library promotion• Also a great source to find images for reuse
  7. 7. Omeka;"Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web- publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions."• Allows museums, libraries and personal users to create high quality online exhibitions using free and open source software that is designed with the non-IT user in mind.[Retrieved from:]
  8. 8. Creative • Types of copyright licenses • Websitein a free andusers to upload, share and reuse content that allows legal way • A nonprofit organization that enables thefree legal and use of creativity and knowledge through sharing tools. By John Randell [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  9. 9. Open Access & Open Source• Free• Accessible to all (with internet access)• Breaks down barriers to information• Fosters a culture of collaboration among academics, scholars and the public• Supports the idea that knowledge is meant to be shared (which is a good thing!)• Directory of Open Access Journals:
  10. 10. LibGuides:• Guides can be subject, assignment, location or course specific• Usually created by librarians• Ive created LibGuides for Mathematics, Accounting, Computer Science and History at St. Josephs College
  11. 11. Library Research & Statistics• In-house qualitative and quantitative research• Needs assessments• Grant Writing• Funding Justification
  12. 12. Education & Outreach• Bibliographic instruction• Information technology troubleshooting• Educational programming• Technology Troubleshooting• LibGuides• E-newsletter• Patron surveys & focus groups
  13. 13. Leadership/Management SkillsImportant because:• Libraries & information centers have less administrative personnel than ever before, so librarians are often being placed in leadership roles• It’s important to be prepared for the future …and to be a role model!
  14. 14. Copyright & Fair UseAs 21st century librarians, we need to know:• What constitutes fair use and copyright infringement• General copyright knowledgeCool Tools from American Library Associations (ALA) Copyright Office:Section 108 SpinnerPublic Domain SliderFair use EvaluatorAdapted from the ALAs Copyright Office,[Retrieved from:]
  15. 15. Technical & Professional Writing Skills• Library policies & procedures• Grant writing• Publication• Networking & professional correspondence
  16. 16. Maintaining Our Core Values & MissionThe ALAs Office for Intellectual Freedom and their Foundation of Modern Librarianship list the core values of librarianship as follows:-Access-Privacy/Confidentiality-Democracy-Diversity-Education & Lifelong Learning-Intellectual Freedom-Preservation-The Public Good-Professionalism-Service-Social Responsibility
  17. 17. ConclusionAs librarians in the 21st century, we have many responsibilities and many hats to wear, but the relevant skills and passion we bring to our work will allow us to be successful in our mission of providing the best possible services and resources to our communities.
  18. 18. And who knows...
  19. 19. ...what the future may bring! Children play educational games on an iTable in Denmark Photo courtesy of 21st Century Analog Boy Blog []/
  20. 20. Thank You!Questions & Comments