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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 /><br />
    3. 3.<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.<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
    31. 31. ARSL Job Links:
    32. 32. ONET Online:</li></ul>Sonja Plummer-Morgan, MLIS<br />President, Maine Library Association & VP Pres Elect ARSL<br />39 Second Street, Presque Isle, Maine 04769<br /><br />207.764.2571<br /><br />