Around the world twice on a library degree


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My presentation, with audio from the session, given at NPID 2010, Newcastle, 23/11/10

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Around the world twice on a library degree

  1. Around the world twice on a library degree Phil Bradley
  2. But...
  3. Use the difficulty
  4. "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."
  5. Because... • Libraries are not about books • Libraries are about reading • Libraries are about information • Libraries are about power
  6. Librarians Are powerful people!
  7. All other professions come to: • Teachers • Librarians
  8. 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 Guardian column, 18 October 2003.)
  9. We can deal with: • 1,253 tweets per second • 25 billion pieces of information shared on Facebook per month • 35 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)
  10. What is power now? • Knowledge? • Information? • Knowing how to find something? • Knowing how to arrange information?
  11. NO! Power is
  12. Reputation! • Increase your reputation by giving away information • Be proactive • Don’t take no for an answer • Use your enthusiasm
  13. Where is your reputation?
  15. 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
  16. Think for the long haul • Where will the profession be in 2050? • Where will the internet be? • What will information and libraries look like?
  17. What did it look like 30 years ago?
  18. Illustration by Albert Robida, for « The End of the Books » by Octave Uzanne, published in Scribner's Magazine, vol. 16, no 2, August 1894
  19. So, looking forward • Few, if any books • No newspapers • No magazines • No search engines • No internet • Embedded chips • ?????
  20. Please remember! • “Librarians must be like Krishna and descend into the world to combat ignorance” Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan • “The librarian must be the librarian militant before (s)he can be the librarian triumphant” Melvil Dewey
  22. Jo Anderson, revolting hula hooping ball of energetic librarianship
  23. Around the world on a library degree
  24. Oh the fun!
  25. Thanks to: • (For the world image) • (rat image) • (AK47 image) • (Powerplant image) • (Hotel image) • (Miami beach) • (Passport) • (Taj Mahal) • (ZX81) • (Acoustic coupler) • (future from the year 1959) • (Telephone objections) • (Xander Harris) • Funny quotes from • (Early iPod) • (Retro internet ads)