2o years ago – first ejournal check in at UNC-Ch – Print it off and bind it…..We have been talking about the future for a while now – are we there yet?
People and resrouces are networkedLee Raine Barry Wellman
This lecture, reflecting on future roles, posits the potential dawning of a “great age of librarians,” if librarians make the conceptual shift of focusing on their own skills and activities rather than on their libraries
Digital should have moved from the fringe and be part of the libraries’ core operations.No more ERM librarians, digital librarians, Orcas vs. Narwhal.
Our job is not to build a better library—it's to figure out how best to use our skills and talents to advance the goals of our communities. Sometimes that means we'll be doing the kinds of things that people associate with libraries. Sometimes it means we'll stop doing those sorts of things. And sometimes it means we'll be doing things that nobody ever associated a library with beforeData But there are a couple of fundamental mental leaps we have to make if we are to embrace this golden age of librarianship – First off it is how we organize and what we say we do – No more ERL Librarians - And who is in these jobs- we have all heard the terms, feral librarians, hybrid librarians. – honestly the best one is alt-ac, and even that one sounds like you have something caught in your throat.We have to do better. – as we will need a spectrum of talented folks to carry the load of librarianship in the 21st century – and they all will not be card carrying MLS degree holding librarians. We need to get over this.
We must understand that if we limit our vision to the care and feeding of our buildings and our collections, if we spend too much time worrying about how to get people into the building so that we can serve them, we will fail to meet our critical responsibilities to society. The care and feeding of our buildings and collections still needs to be done, but we cannot allow it to define us. – T. Scott Plutchak wouldn’t we be better off talking about the value of the work done by those who work in libraries, regardless of degrees, job titles, or faculty status?It is about being seen as a cricital component on the knowledge creation cycle in an information based economy. This lecture, reflecting on future roles, posits the potential dawning of a “great age of librarians,” if librarians make the conceptual shift of focusing on their own skills and activities rather than on their libraries the gatekeeping impulse has a great deal to do with a desire to preserve the field …as a site of virtue.But I wonder if there is a way to “change the narrative” (hat tip to Bess Sadler for the phrase). What if the story was that the work libraries do is so important and so cool that everyone wants a piece of it? Or that libraries are such logical places for a broad range of services and resources that of course we need to hire folks with a broader range of education and skills and talents? And in terms of faculty status, I love whatDeborah Jakubs had to say on an earlier post:…librarians are learned and talented and bring skills and attitudes and services to the university that most regular faculty both admire and need. So rather than constantly trying to compare ourselves to faculty, and often coming up short, let’s celebrate the differences and complementarity.
Libraries have re-conceived goals, shifting from a collection-centric focus to one that is engagement-basedTrue deep engagement – What is driving this? It is the network, social structuring of how we work and collaborate, and the demand for and glut of data.
Daring GreatlyCourage of our ConnectionsBelief in professional values, grounded ethicsFaith in our mission
It is time to experiment – back to the idea at that we are the beginning stages of the mash-up between the social network and digital content.But what they especially encouraged me to convey is what one person characterized as “a sense of optimism that comes from being encouraged to take risks,” and another as “excitement to share even failures as a positive outcome” (that is, as a learning experience for everybody–a scholarly and social contribution we can all make, when we are not asked to hide our messes or mistakes).
SHOULD START HACKING LIBRARIANSHIPYou should be uncomfortable most of the time.Continually learning, extending peer network, and challenge yourself are hallmarks of a profession
ut when I think about what it is I’d really like to teach people who are new to coding for libraries, what I come up with isn’t about technology so much as it is about adopting a problem solving mindset, something I am starting to think of as “hacker epistemology.” Epistemology, if you’re not familiar with the term, refers to the question of how we decide what’s true, how we construct knowledge. For example, someone might have an epistemology of received knowledge. That person would decide what was true based on what an authority figure told them was true. Here in code4lib, many of us have more of what I think of as a hacker epistemology, this magic combination of collaborative knowledge building, combined with a disregard for the mental traps of conventional thinking. We like to take things apart and see how they work. Sometimes we listen to what authority figures tell us, but we easily discard received knowledge if we gather evidence that contradicts it. I think it’s this attitude that has made code4lib so successful. We value rough consensus and working code. The truth is what works.
Its what you do.
The potential dawning of a “great age of librarians,” if librarians make the conceptual shift of focusing on their own skills and activities rather than on their libraries.”T. Scott PlutchakBecause we are still figuring this all out – there is so much opportunity – But it will be here and and at its most golden – for librarians – for only a short time. It is up to us as a community to move forward. It’s the choices we make, the people we hire, how we organze collaborate and communicate, both at an insitutional level, but also on the individual level. So what would I tell a someone who is starting out in librarianship?
At the very least - show up and a
vContribute constructivelyShare generouslyAlways be in learning modeExtend your networkPlay out of bounds
Professional obligation to lead – even in a small way.A professional is not just represented by the papers we possess, but by our behavior - our daily practice, how we work and how we play. The future of the profession is truly up to us, and how we contribute to our community – everyday.
Courage of our Connections
Courage of ourConnections Rachel L. Frick Director, Digital Library Federation Council on Library and Information Resources March 20, 2013
Preamble • My Perspective o Serialist,Vendor, NC-AHEC circuit librarian, TechServices, Digitization, Federal grants officer, o Community Builder • Current organization o CLIR – Council on Library and Information Resources • The DLF – Digital Library Federation • Community Organizer, Idea Broker, Talent Scout o @CLIRDLF www.diglib.org
Lots going on• Shared Print Archives • MOOC’s• Open Access • DH• DPLA • BIG SCIENCE• DPN • Alt-Metrics• APTrust• DDA, PDA,• RDA & RDA• BibFRAME• Linked Data (RDF)
Its an exciting time to be a Librarian. Really.“It’s the end of the world as we know it(And I feel fine).”~R.E.M.
• ―I believe that we are at the threshold. But just at the very threshold—the very beginning. The incunabula period of the digital age.‖ T. Scott Plutchak Breaking the Barriers of Time and Space J Med Libr Assoc. 2012 January; 100(1): 10–19. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.100.1.004 Its just the beginning
The Network…• Multiple Communities • Interdisciplinarity• Leverage Local Expertise• Amplifies Local Excellence• Networked, Lee Raine & Barry Wellman• Almost EVERY presentation by Lorcan Dempsey since 2005,(a good one is from a LIBER symposium in 2008 - http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/presentations/dempsey/lir. ppt …changes Everything
Data• Data Driven Decision Making• Research Data – big and small• Data Curation• Linked (Open)Data• Library Collections as Data
Collections as Data http://chrniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Collection Data Mashuphttp://www.stanford.edu/group/ruralwest/cgi-bin/drupal/visualizations/us_newspapers
Not Business as Usual• Its All Local o ―Local Collections are the Dark matter of a Linked Data world‖ ~ Susan Hildreth, Director IMLS, DPLAWest 2012• Bringing your Community to the world Turning Collection Development InsideOut, Dorthea Salo. http://vimeo.com/20019850• Broaden you scope• It’s the relationships/services, not the stuff.
Service Turn―Defining distinctive services with the clarity with whichwe have defined distinctive collections allows us toacknowledge that the 21st century will be marked bydifferent, but equally valid, definitions of excellence inacademic libraries, and that the manner in whichindividual libraries demonstrate excellence will bedistinctive to the service needs, and to theopportunities to address those needs, found on eachcampus.‖ Scott Walter. ―Distinctive Signifiers of Excellence‖: Library Services and the Future of the Academic Library. Coll. & res. libr. January 2011 72:6-
Get off your eHorse http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/2948560477 /Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Research DataManagement JHU Presentations circa 2008-9http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqQ7TkL11UM
Please don’t hire anE-research Librarian*… (or a data librarian,e-science librarian, etc.)Data & Local Content is everyone’s Job.
Libraries or Librarianship?• Its not about the books(info containers)• We need to choose: the building or the communities ?• A degree does not define us
• The Mission of Librarians is to Improve Society through Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities R. David Lankes Atlas of New Librariship http://www.newlibrarianship.org/wordpress/ It’s our mission
A Commons• We are a community,• Permeable borders• Room at the table for everyone• logical places for a broad range of services and resources• http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/217845 2567/
The snark• Bad behavior on the Commons• Detrimental to open community development• Symptom of fear and anxiety http://www.flickr.com/photos/nic-stage/3210816529/Just stop ithttp://lifehacker.com/5921655/the-snarky-voice-in-your-head-is-killing-your-productivity-heres-how-to-stop-it@kftiz – Twitter Public Shaminghttp://www.plannedobsolescence.net/blog/if-you-cant-say-anything-nice
Vulnerability• ―the courage to show up and allow ourselves to be seen‖ – Dr. Brene Brown• Open to bug reports o Feedback is a function of respect• Admitting a vulnerability, builds strength & trust, culture of shared struggle/ experience
Its time to be Brave / http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/3588573761/in/photostream
Librarians needed• David Weinberger – Too Big to Know http://www.toobigtoknow.com/• Bethany Nowviskie – Too Small to Fail http://nowviskie.org/2012/too-small-to-fail/• Alistair Croll –A Billion Bad Librarianshttp://erl2013.sched.org/event/
Not the usual suspects http://www.flickr.com/photos/uw_digital_images/4951162657/
Hacker Epistemology • Adopt a problem solving mindset • The truth is what works • ―solve for interesting‖….http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/3084876560/in/photostream/
#GenFlux: FastCompany • mind-set that embraces instability, that tolerates — and even enjoys — recalibrating careers, business models and assumptions. • psychographic not a demographic • leaders listen loudly, engage kindly, and add value enthusiastically. • Results-only work environment (ROWE) = where employees are evaluated on performance, not presence • http://www.fastcompany.com/1802732/generation-flux-meet-pioneers-new-and- chaotic-frontier-business