The Role of the New Librarians

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The Role of the New Librarians

  1. 1. The Role of the New Librarians Jill Hurst-Wahl @jill_hw June 12, 2012
  2. 2. WHAT IS NEW LIBRARIANSHIP?The mission oflibrarians is toimprove society byfacilitatingknowledge creationin theircommunities. Photo by Anna-Stina Takala
  3. 3. 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?
  4. 4. FIVE EXAMPLES OFNEW LIBRARIANSHIP IN ACTION
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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?
  10. 10. WHAT MAKES THEM &THEIR IDEAS DIFFERENT FROM YOU?

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