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A Personal Philosophy what public librarianship means to me Prepared by Joann Ransom for Horowhenua Library Trustees March...
Responsibility <ul><li>For yourself </li></ul><ul><li>For others </li></ul>Fill your own glass first then nurture others w...
Community <ul><li>Belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Adding value </li></ul>The responsibility we all have to live joyfully, to b...
Hope <ul><li>Enabling </li></ul><ul><li>Role modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring </li></ul>The responsibility we all have...
Key influences in my life Early 1950s … A series of family disasters saw my Great Grandmother suddenly raising 4 children ...
Key influences in my life Early 1980s … The pain I felt for my father who at the age of 40 couldn’t find a job because he ...
Lifelong learning <ul><li>right resources, </li></ul><ul><li>finding information, </li></ul><ul><li>skills development, </...
Community - belonging <ul><li>being noticed, </li></ul><ul><li>being valued, </li></ul><ul><li>loneliness kills you, </li>...
Hope <ul><li>Enabling </li></ul><ul><li>Role modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring </li></ul>Library’s change lives
People like us Librarians change lives
<ul><li>Poverty and not reaching full potential as citizens is an intergenerational problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy is...
We sell our public short every time we … <ul><li>make do with less funding than we need, </li></ul><ul><li>increase income...
What our ratepayers need <ul><li>Conversations not transactions, </li></ul><ul><li>places and spaces, </li></ul><ul><li>a ...
Living Room of the town. <ul><li>Staff who have the time to serve our patrons well, </li></ul><ul><li>and are able to sati...
The Darien Statements on the future of libraries 2008. More >>
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A Personal Philosophy of Public Librarianship

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I was recently asked to prepare a short presentation about my approach to public librarianship. This has been an extremely useful exercise for me and one I heartily recommend.

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A Personal Philosophy of Public Librarianship

  1. 1. A Personal Philosophy what public librarianship means to me Prepared by Joann Ransom for Horowhenua Library Trustees March 2010.
  2. 2. Responsibility <ul><li>For yourself </li></ul><ul><li>For others </li></ul>Fill your own glass first then nurture others with the over flow
  3. 3. Community <ul><li>Belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Adding value </li></ul>The responsibility we all have to live joyfully, to be pleasant to be around.
  4. 4. Hope <ul><li>Enabling </li></ul><ul><li>Role modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring </li></ul>The responsibility we all have to engender hope in others.
  5. 5. Key influences in my life Early 1950s … A series of family disasters saw my Great Grandmother suddenly raising 4 children aged under 5 years, while my 24 year old Grandmother and her brother went out to work fulltime to support the family. Great Grandmother was Secretary of the NZ Labour Party, concerned with public health, state housing & social welfare.
  6. 6. Key influences in my life Early 1980s … The pain I felt for my father who at the age of 40 couldn’t find a job because he was too old. He went on to become a very successful self employed engineer.
  7. 7. Lifelong learning <ul><li>right resources, </li></ul><ul><li>finding information, </li></ul><ul><li>skills development, </li></ul><ul><li>digital literacy. </li></ul>The digital divide is an economic one and disenfranchises our people.
  8. 8. Community - belonging <ul><li>being noticed, </li></ul><ul><li>being valued, </li></ul><ul><li>loneliness kills you, </li></ul><ul><li>volunteering is important. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hope <ul><li>Enabling </li></ul><ul><li>Role modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring </li></ul>Library’s change lives
  10. 10. People like us Librarians change lives
  11. 11. <ul><li>Poverty and not reaching full potential as citizens is an intergenerational problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy is the key that we have to start turning in a child’s early years. </li></ul>Our Children having children
  12. 12. We sell our public short every time we … <ul><li>make do with less funding than we need, </li></ul><ul><li>increase income through fees and charges, </li></ul><ul><li>stretch staff further, </li></ul><ul><li>provide substandard equipment and resources, </li></ul><ul><li>do things only if they generate income. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What our ratepayers need <ul><li>Conversations not transactions, </li></ul><ul><li>places and spaces, </li></ul><ul><li>a free library service. </li></ul>The people who need us most can’t afford us.
  14. 14. Living Room of the town. <ul><li>Staff who have the time to serve our patrons well, </li></ul><ul><li>and are able to satisfy our patrons information needs, </li></ul><ul><li>Resources which meet the needs of our patrons, </li></ul><ul><li>Spaces for people. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Darien Statements on the future of libraries 2008. More >>

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