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Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
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Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009

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  • 1. Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009
    • Kimberly Litland
    • Library Director
    • Brookfield Public Library
  • 2. Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete?
    • Occasional naysayers:
    • “ Libraries will be extinct by 2050”
  • 3. Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete?
    • Ross Dawson’s extinction timeline:
    • 2009 : Mending things 2014 : Getting lost 2016 : Retirement 2019 : Libraries 2020 : Copyright 2022 : Blogging, Speleeng, The Maldives 2030 : Keys 2033 : Coins 2036 : Petrol engined vehicles 2037 : Glaciers 2038 : Peace & Quiet 2049 : Physical newspapers, Google Beyond 2050 : Uglyness, Nation States, Death
  • 4. Far from Extinction
    • Libraries continue to see exceptional climbs in attendance and usage.
    • Why?
  • 5. Libraries Are Fantastic at Evolving
    • Leadership
    • Adaptation
    • Technology and the Internet
  • 6. People Return Again and Again…
    • Democratization of knowledge
    • Not everyone can afford books (or the Internet, CDs, DVDs)
    • We love the Internet….but it’s
      • Subject to manipulation
      • Messy / Poor quality
      • Lack of authoritative, peer reviewed sources
    • Education, literacy, better test scores
    • Community
  • 7. America’s Libraries
    • How many?
    • Public libraries: 117,000
    • School libraries: 99,800
    • College/University libraries:
    • 3,620
    • Special libraries: 9,100
    • Armed forces libraries: 300
    • Government libraries: 1,200
  • 8. Librarians….Who Are They Really?
    • Information activists
    • Questioners of authority
    • Organizers of proliferating worlds of information:
    • Print
    • Electronic
    • Future?
  • 9. Speaking of Activists…
    • Being a librarian is a radical choice
    • Library Bill of Rights
    • Freedom of information
    • Defenders of citizen’s civil liberties
    • Librarians in the political spotlight:
  • 10. Root: Organization of Knowledge
  • 11. Career Paths / Specializations
    • Public Services – Working with People
    • Reference
    • Collections / Acquisitions
    • Instruction/Trainer
    • Government Documents
    • Technical Services – Working with Records & Technologies
    • Cataloger
    • Systems/Automation
  • 12. Interesting Libraries
    • Public Libraries
    • School Libraries
    • College/University Libraries
    • Law Libraries
    • Corporate Libraries
    • Theological Libraries
    • Music Libraries
    • Transportation Libraries
    • Topographical (Map) Libraries
    • Medical Libraries
    • Rare books Libraries / Archives
    • Government Libraries
  • 13. Or, Don’t Work in a Library at All
    • Software Developer
    • Gaming
    • Information Technology Consultant
    • Trainer
    • Library Consultant
    • Information Architect
    • Digitization Specialist
  • 14. Education
    • Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-Accredited institution:
    • Illinois
    • U of I, Urbana-Champaign
    • Dominican University
  • 15. Librarian Blogs
    • The Shifted Librarian
    • Librarian in Black
    • Tame the Web
    • Tinfoil + Raccoon
    • Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette
  • 16. More Information
    • American Library Association
    • Illinois Library Association
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    • Any Librarian
  • 17. Hollywood Librarian
    • Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8kd4fC1bwo

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