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Slides from my talk at the New Professionals Day.

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    • Around the world twice on a library degree
      Phil Bradley
      http://www.netvibes.com/philbradley
    • But...
    • Use the difficulty
    • "He's like Super Librarian, y'know? Everyone forgets, Willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon."
      Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date."
    • Because...
      Libraries are not about books
      Libraries are about reading
      Libraries are about information
      Libraries are about power
    • Librarians
      Are powerful people!
    • All other professions come to:
      Teachers
      Librarians
    • Or to put it another way:
      "Show me a computer expert that gives a damn, and I'll show you a librarian." Patricia Wilson Berger (Quoted in Chicago Tribune article, 29 June 1990, Tempo section, p. 1)
      "Libraries are brothels for the mind. Which means that librarians are the madams, greeting punters, understanding their strange tastes and needs, and pimping their books."Guy Browning(The Guardiancolumn, 18 October 2003.)
    • We can deal with:
      1,253 tweets per second
      25 billion pieces of information shared on Facebook per month
      24 hours worth of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, 2 billion viewed per day
      133 million blogs, 900,000 posts per day
      4 billion images on Flickr (13x more than LC)
    • What is power now?
      Knowledge?
      Information?
      Knowing how to find something?
      Knowing how to arrange information?
    • NO!
      Power is
    • Reputation!
      Increase your reputation by giving away information
      Be proactive
      Don’t take no for an answer
      Use your enthusiasm
    • Where is your reputation?
    • Namechk.com
    • You are self employed
      Though perhaps you haven’t realised it yet
      It’s your responsibility to make sure that you’re up to speed
      Act as your own boss
      9-5 is history
    • Think for the long haul
      Where will the profession be in 2050?
      Where will the internet be?
      What will information and libraries look like?
    • What did it look like 30 years ago?
    • Illustration by Albert Robida, for « The End of the Books » by Octave Uzanne, published in Scribner's Magazine, vol. 16, no 2, August 1894
    • So, looking forward
      Few, if any books
      No newspapers
      No magazines
      No search engines
      No internet
      Embedded chips
      ?????
    • Please remember!
      “Librarians must be like Krishna and descend into the world to combat ignorance” ShiyaliRamamritaRanganathan
      “The librarian must be the librarian militant before (s)he can be the librarian triumphant” Melvil Dewey
    • Around the world on a library degree
    • Oh the fun!
    • Thanks to:
      http://www.carbonblueprints.org/project_reforest.html (For the world image)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/vermininc/2303896197/ (rat image)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/29560353@N08/2876311749/ (AK47 image)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/vattenfall/3588611650/ (Powerplant image)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/malova/1932058673/ (Hotel image)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobo1522/2587309158/ (Miami beach)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcgreer/3794118835/ (Passport)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/betta_design/2086852016/ (TajMahal)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/9574086@N02/1221478663/ (ZX81)
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnrml/3963206504/ (Acoustic coupler)
      http://www.paleofuture.com/display/ShowImage?imageUrl=%2Fstorage%2F590201+closer+than+we+think+paleofuture.jpg (future from the year 1959)
      http://twitpic.com/19792p (Telephone objections)
      http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/11893/xander%20harris.jpg (Xander Harris)
      Funny quotes from http://www.laughinglibrarian.com/siglibn.htm
      http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/File:The_End_of_Books_-_page_228a.jpg (Early iPod)