Stepping Out of the Vaccuum Without Leaving Your Desk


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It's been acknowledged that no librarian can successfully work in a vacuum but what librarian has time for the trial and error required to map the course of effective collaboration on their own? With all of the responsibilities and daily tasks attached to the electronic resource librarian title, the collaborative librarian needs to build effective relationships in less time and librarian-focused online communities allow that to happen. The coordinator of Libraries Thriving, an online community for e-resource innovation and information literacy promotion, will share examples of how your librarian colleagues have done just that and invite you to share your experiences with and suggestions of online communities during this short talk.

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Stepping Out of the Vaccuum Without Leaving Your Desk

  1. 1. Stepping Out of the Vacuumwithout Leaving Your Desk Laura Nicole Warren, Libraries Thriving Coordinator Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference Thursday, October 4, 2012
  2. 2. So Much Information, So LittleTime Follow (and Click) Along: @LibsThriving or @credoreference
  3. 3. The Given: Collaboration is a Must“…multiple organizations sometimes work separately toaccomplish the same purposes of preserving, archiving, anddisseminating print and born digital materials, raisingproblems with duplication, overlap, and unnecessaryexpenses” (Cadmus, 2011)
  4. 4. The Problem: We Can’t Leave Our Desks1. Shrinking Travel Budgets
  5. 5. The Problem: We Can’t Leave Our Desks1. Shrinking Travel Budgets2. Increasing DailyResponsibilities
  6. 6. The Solution:Online Collaborative Spaces
  7. 7. The Solution:Online Collaborative Spaces OnlineSeminars
  8. 8. The Solution:Online Collaborative Spaces Online DiscussionSeminars Forums
  9. 9. The Solution:Online Collaborative Spaces Online Discussion LearningSeminars Forums Communities
  10. 10. The Key Takeaways“None of us can know everything; each of us knowssomething; and we can put the pieces together if we poolour resources and combine our skills.”-Henry Jenkins, Principal Investigator, New Media Literacies Project “[Online collaborative spaces are important because they ensure that you] have all of the right people sitting at the table.” -Sandra Hirsh, Director, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science “[Online collaborative spaces] are a necessity as it’s very difficult to go everywhere to hear everything that’s being said.” -Sarah Murray, Database Librarian, The American University of Paris
  11. 11. Let’s keep theThank You conversation going! -What online collaborative spaces would you recommend to your ERL colleagues? -What specific online collaborative opportunities would you add to this list?
  12. 12. ReferencesAmerican Library Association. (2012). The 2012 state of americanlibraries. Retrieved from enter/americaslibraries/soal2012Bell, S.J. (2005). Creating community online. American Libraries,36(4), 68-71. Retrieved from ?url= lf&AN=502951328&site=ehost-liveCadmus, F. (2011). Things in common: Challenges of the 19th and21st century librarians. Librarian Scholarship Series. Retrieved from
  13. 13. References ContinuedCooke, N. A. (2012). Professional development 2.0: Developingan online personal learning network. Library Hi Tech News,29, 1-9. doi 10.1108/07419051211241840Information Today, Inc. (2012). The digital squeeze: Libraries atthe crossroads. Retrieved from States Department of Labor. (2012). Librarians.Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.