The Role of the New Librarians Jill Hurst-Wahl @jill_hw June 12, 2012
WHAT IS NEW LIBRARIANSHIP?The mission oflibrarians is toimprove society byfacilitatingknowledge creationin theircommunities. Photo by Anna-Stina Takala
QUALITIES Have a world view Want to make a difference See every resource as a tool Willing to experiment Expect to fail forward Want to learn more Believe in the power of the community Do not have preconceived notions of what a library can do Do you have these qualities?
LIVE FACT-CHECKING Presidential debates (Erin Dorney, Millersville Univ.) Budget hearings Community discussions Exemplifies “improving society.” Demonstrates to students how information can inform real world events
WORKING WITH STUDENT STARTUPS Student entrepreneurs have great ideas that are not always connected with reality. Fact-checking Environmental scan Competitive intelligence Have an entrepreneurship-focused librarian Hold office hours in the student incubator Create services specifically for entrepreneurs
ACTIVE LEARNING Makerspace, hackerspace, DIY content creation, tool- lending library, FabLab, TechShop, art space, craft studio, digital darkroom, musical instrument lending library, video recording studio, teaching and demonstration kitchen. Public libraries are doing this, why not more academics? Facilitates knowledge creation.
PRINT ON DEMAND ® (ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE ) Delivering content in a different way. Being like a bookstore. Generating income. J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah The Brooklyn Public Library NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library Darien Library (Connecticut) Michigan State Univ. Library
TEACHING TRANSLITERACY “Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, T V, radio and film, to digital social networks .” – Transliteracy: Crossing Divides Right now people can consume all types of material, but can they create?
WHAT MAKES THEM &THEIR IDEAS DIFFERENT FROM YOU?