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The Full Spectrum Librarian

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The Full Spectrum Librarian

  1. 1. The Full Spectrum Career in Libraries<br />Rural & Small Librarianship<br />Sonja Plummer-Morgan, MLIS<br />Maine Library Association President & VP Pres Elect Association for Rural & Small Libraries<br />LIS Career Fair January 2010<br />
  2. 2. *“In the United States, 80% (7,118) of institutions are located in population centers serving up to 25,000 people. Of this 80%, three out of ten libraries (2,656) may be found providing services in places up to 2,500 individuals. The majority of rural libraries, (&lt;2500 people) are staffed by one full-time person, have a collection of fewer than 10,000 books.” ~Bernard Vavrek<br />**&quot;Rural and Small Libraries: Providers for Lifelong Learning” <br />http://www.ed.gov/pubs/PLLIConf95/librry.html<br />
  3. 3. http://www.arsl.info<br />ARSL Mission: <br />To provide a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers, and trustees to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves.<br />
  4. 4. The Voice of Rural & Small Librarians<br />
  5. 5. The Challenge of Rural & Small Librarianship<br />Rural librarians often feel isolated from colleagues. Working alone as a solo librarian means you are called upon to fulfill the role of reference, director, circulation desk, and any other service that you offer. <br />This is the “full-spectrum” librarianship that is both challenge and chance to innovate. <br />
  6. 6. Challenge & Change as Chance for Innovation<br />Uniqueness of rural libraries means that you have opportunities to create services , you understand your community needs, and you are often the only place in town that offers what you do. <br />
  7. 7. “Cut through the management speak, and the key to success is simple: Observe people going about their daily lives, identify unmet needs, and come up with a new product.” <br />~Dr. Frank Luntz<br />What Americans Really Want…Really<br />
  8. 8. “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.” ~ Albert Einstein <br />Appreciative Inquiry: Where AI, positive change research and organizational <br />leadership connect for world benefit. http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/<br />
  9. 9. Words Matter that matter in interviews and on resumes…<br /><ul><li>Rebuild
  10. 10. Renew
  11. 11. Revitalize
  12. 12. Refresh
  13. 13. Restore
  14. 14. Change
  15. 15. Action
  16. 16. Commitment
  17. 17. Vigilance
  18. 18. Time
  19. 19. Patience
  20. 20. Accountability
  21. 21. Responsibility
  22. 22. Quality
  23. 23. Employee-focused
  24. 24. Environmentally friendly
  25. 25. Reliable
  26. 26. Transparent
  27. 27. Leadership
  28. 28. Efficiency
  29. 29. Community-focused</li></ul>Look at your entire career—all skills are valuable to librarianship<br />Online social networks are your networking friend – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook<br />Your local, state, and national organizations are your lifeline<br />Rural isolation can be partially mitigated by your connections. <br />**What Americans Really Wants…Really, Dr. Frank Lutz<br />
  30. 30. Other Links to Consider: <br /><ul><li>85 Reasons to be Thankful for Librarians http://www.zencollegelife.com/2009/12/29/85-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-librarians/
  31. 31. ARSL Job Links: http://www.arsl.info/links/job-search/
  32. 32. ONET Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/</li></ul>Sonja Plummer-Morgan, MLIS<br />President, Maine Library Association & VP Pres Elect ARSL<br />39 Second Street, Presque Isle, Maine 04769<br />http://www.twitter.com/SonjaandLibrary<br />207.764.2571<br />pimelibrarian@gmail.com<br />

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