Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009 <ul><li>Kimberly Litland </li></ul><ul><li>Library Director </li></u...
Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete? <ul><li>Occasional naysayers: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Libraries will be extinct by 2050” </li...
Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete? <ul><li>Ross Dawson’s extinction timeline: </li></ul><ul><li>2009 : Mending things 2014 :...
Far from Extinction <ul><li>Libraries continue to see exceptional climbs in attendance and usage. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? <...
Libraries Are Fantastic at Evolving <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and the I...
People Return Again and Again… <ul><li>Democratization of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Not everyone can afford books (or th...
America’s Libraries <ul><li>How many? </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries: 117,000 </li></ul><ul><li>School libraries: 99,8...
Librarians….Who Are They Really? <ul><li>Information activists </li></ul><ul><li>Questioners of authority </li></ul><ul><l...
Speaking of Activists… <ul><li>Being a librarian is a radical choice </li></ul><ul><li>Library Bill of Rights </li></ul><u...
Root:  Organization of Knowledge
Career Paths /  Specializations <ul><li>Public Services – Working with People </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><l...
Interesting Libraries <ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>School Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>College/University Lib...
Or, Don’t Work in a Library at All <ul><li>Software Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Information Techn...
Education <ul><li>Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-Accredited institution: </li></ul><ul><li>Illinoi...
Librarian Blogs <ul><li>The Shifted Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian in Black  </li></ul><ul><li>Tame the Web </li></...
More Information <ul><li>American Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Occ...
Hollywood Librarian <ul><li>Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8kd4fC1bwo </li></ul>
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Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009

  1. 1. Riverside Brookfield High School Vocational Fair 2009 <ul><li>Kimberly Litland </li></ul><ul><li>Library Director </li></ul><ul><li>Brookfield Public Library </li></ul>
  2. 2. Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete? <ul><li>Occasional naysayers: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Libraries will be extinct by 2050” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Are Libraries Becoming Obsolete? <ul><li>Ross Dawson’s extinction timeline: </li></ul><ul><li>2009 : Mending things 2014 : Getting lost 2016 : Retirement 2019 : Libraries 2020 : Copyright 2022 : Blogging, Speleeng, The Maldives 2030 : Keys 2033 : Coins 2036 : Petrol engined vehicles 2037 : Glaciers 2038 : Peace & Quiet 2049 : Physical newspapers, Google Beyond 2050 : Uglyness, Nation States, Death </li></ul>
  4. 4. Far from Extinction <ul><li>Libraries continue to see exceptional climbs in attendance and usage. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Libraries Are Fantastic at Evolving <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and the Internet </li></ul>
  6. 6. People Return Again and Again… <ul><li>Democratization of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Not everyone can afford books (or the Internet, CDs, DVDs) </li></ul><ul><li>We love the Internet….but it’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject to manipulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Messy / Poor quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of authoritative, peer reviewed sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education, literacy, better test scores </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
  7. 7. America’s Libraries <ul><li>How many? </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries: 117,000 </li></ul><ul><li>School libraries: 99,800 </li></ul><ul><li>College/University libraries: </li></ul><ul><li>3,620 </li></ul><ul><li>Special libraries: 9,100 </li></ul><ul><li>Armed forces libraries: 300 </li></ul><ul><li>Government libraries: 1,200 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Librarians….Who Are They Really? <ul><li>Information activists </li></ul><ul><li>Questioners of authority </li></ul><ul><li>Organizers of proliferating worlds of information: </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic </li></ul><ul><li>Future? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Speaking of Activists… <ul><li>Being a librarian is a radical choice </li></ul><ul><li>Library Bill of Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom of information </li></ul><ul><li>Defenders of citizen’s civil liberties </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians in the political spotlight: </li></ul>
  10. 10. Root: Organization of Knowledge
  11. 11. Career Paths / Specializations <ul><li>Public Services – Working with People </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Collections / Acquisitions </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction/Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Government Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Services – Working with Records & Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Cataloger </li></ul><ul><li>Systems/Automation </li></ul>
  12. 12. Interesting Libraries <ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>School Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>College/University Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Law Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Theological Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Music Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Topographical (Map) Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Rare books Libraries / Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Government Libraries </li></ul>
  13. 13. Or, Don’t Work in a Library at All <ul><li>Software Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Library Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Information Architect </li></ul><ul><li>Digitization Specialist </li></ul>
  14. 14. Education <ul><li>Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-Accredited institution: </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>U of I, Urbana-Champaign </li></ul><ul><li>Dominican University </li></ul>
  15. 15. Librarian Blogs <ul><li>The Shifted Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian in Black </li></ul><ul><li>Tame the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Tinfoil + Raccoon </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Information <ul><li>American Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Library Association </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Outlook Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Any Librarian </li></ul>
  17. 17. Hollywood Librarian <ul><li>Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8kd4fC1bwo </li></ul>

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