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A stripped down version of a presentation I gave to students in Latvia - it's a fantastic time to be shaping the profession of librarianship, so this slide-deck is about the world and the way it's changing, trends for the future, and how to make the most of being a librarian.

A stripped down version of a presentation I gave to students in Latvia - it's a fantastic time to be shaping the profession of librarianship, so this slide-deck is about the world and the way it's changing, trends for the future, and how to make the most of being a librarian.

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New Librarians: This is your time

  1. Ned Potter @theREALwikiman New librarians:… This is your Time!
  2. Talk for the University of Latvia’s Information science students April 2012
  3. librarian?
  4. physically I‟m here Harry Fairhurst Building, University of York Library
  5. but I‟m virtually everywhere I am stronger (and more useful) because I am connected
  6. When this came out, the world‟s population was less than half was it is now.
  7. Now every day 350,000 babies are born - into an…
  8. New technology has never been so focussed on access to and use of information
  9. (In development terms, we think we’ve gone from here… to here) (When actually we’re still here…)
  10. Take a look at http://www.worldometers.info
  11. 4 billion
  12. We used to be scared of Google, dismissive of it- then we accepted its value but said „but you still need libraries!‟ But really we should be confident in our own value, and just tell people how we can help them use Google better.
  13. Because we live in a world of INFORMATION OVERLOAD
  14. If we’re to generate more unique information this year we Than in the previous 5000 YEARS put together
  15. Then now more than EVER the world needs information professionals to sort, assess, collate and present information
  16. For a lot of people, trying to get good information off the net is like trying to drink from a waterfall
  17. information professionals have never been so vital
  18. TOO MUCH INFORMATION
  19. is as bad as too little
  20. Your job is to help people with either.
  21. Librarians are no longer the gatekeepers of information
  22. The gates are wide open. Our job is to light the path for people once they‟re through.
  23. We used to be the information vault
  24. We are no longer defined or limited by our library buildings
  25. The embedded librarian. (Independent, roving, or just online.)
  26. People want to choose their own tools – libraries will position themselves within the technological landscape
  27. MOBILE MOBILE MOBILE
  28. Programmes not collections, services not content It used to be just about information, now it’s about leverage: turning information into knowledge
  29. Most of all, though, we will be the guide
  30. Most of all, though, we will be the guide (We don’t own the mountains; we just take people where they need to go because we’re experts in the terrain of the information landscape.)
  31. And we still have, you know, books, too.
  32. We’re changing to suit people. But it isn’t easy – it’s hard to attract new demographics whilst retaining the old ones.
  33. In 2010 a UK survey asked What would most encourage you to visit the library more?
  34. In 2010 a UK survey asked What would most encourage you to visit the library more? The winner, with 32% 
  35. In 2010 a UK survey asked What would most encourage not you to visit the library more?
  36. In 2010 a UK survey asked What would most encourage not you to visit the library more? The winner, with 23% 
  37. MODERN LIBRARIANSHIP IS AWESOME Almost whatever you like to do, you can tie this in with librarianship. Helping people, inspiring people, design, social media, writing, community, speaking, research, –and anything else you can think of. Pursue your passion via the information profession.
  38. LIBRARIANSHIP IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE “...people, people, people, you wouldn‟t believe the amount of interviewees who sit before me talking about books and procedures who never mention people, interaction or users/patrons once. Its a big giveaway to me that they don‟t understand what librarianship is about and aren‟t right for the profession.” – Andy Priestner, University of Cambridge
  39. IT IS ALL ABOUT TECHNOLOGY “Libraries should wake up to technology” – David Cameron Guess what Dave, WE ALREADY DID.
  40. THE COMPETITION IS TOUGH More people qualify in librarianship each year than retire.
  41. YOU NEED TO BE READY TO FIGHT “There is no such thing as abstaining from library advocacy. You are either doing it, or ur doin it wrong.” Me 
  42. YOU HAVE TO BE OKAY WITH CHANGE “The mission is static. The implementation is dynamic.” – Andy Woodworth “All bets are OFF.” – Phil Bradley
  43. YOU NEED TO NETWORK “It‟s not about exploiting who you know, or shameless self-promotion, or accumulating and dispensing as many business cards as possible. It‟s about sharing advice and support. And that support can be as small an act as smiling and listening intently to a nervous speaker. Or leaving a comment on a blog post.” – Adrienne Cooper
  44. THERE ISN’T A CAREER LADDER It‟s more like a climbing wall.
  45. JOIN A PROFESSIONAL BODY If you join LLA, SLA-Europe, IFLA, the ALA or any other library association, you‟ll be plugged in to the profession.
  46. YOU NEED TO GET ON TWITTER Twitter is the one social network to rule them all – because it carries links to the best content on all the rest of them. All the arguments you‟ve ever heard against Twitter can be rebuffed with the phrase: “It‟s a conversation.” (More on this here.)
  47. START A BLOG Your blog is your platform, your outlet, your chance to document your views for the world to discover. Amazing things can come from having a blog!
  48. •Simon Barron’s list of Librarians using Twitter (well): http://twitter.com/SimonXIX/library-and-info-pros •New to Twitter? Here’s what you do: http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=979
  49. www.lbbjss.wordpress.com . New Professionals chapter (follow its chair, @daceudre, on Twitter for more)
  50. http://www.sla-europe.org/tag/first-five-years/ SLA’s First Five Years resources
  51. http://www.ifla.org/new-professionals IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group
  52. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/committees/rts/nmrt/index.cfm ALA’s New Members Round Table
  53. Try these for some New Professional stuff: •http://agnosticmaybe.wordpress.com/ •http://bethaninfoprof.wordpress.com •http://www.bohyunkim.net/blog/ •http://woodsiegirl.wordpress.com/ •http://thewikiman.org •http://www.beyondthejob.org/ •http://librarianbyday.net/ •http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/
  54. Over 150 information professionals from around the world have documented their career paths at www.libraryroutesproject.wikkii.com
  55. Follow thousands of librarians to see what they really get up to in an average day in the life of a 21st century info pro, at http://librarydayinthelife.pbworks.com
  56. A dedicated global network for New Professionals, with forums, downloadable resources, competitions, and face- to-face meetups: www.lisnpn.spruz.com
  57. ONE LAST Piece of advice
  58. ANYTHING! There are so many tools freely available, the filter between idea and reality is almost non-existent. As soon as you think of something good, make it happen.
  59. THANK YOU FOR
  60. PRESENTATION BY NED POTTER. FOR MORE IDEAS ABOUT INFORMATION, GO TO WWW.THEWIKIMAN.ORG Continue the conversation on Twitter: ALL ICONS VIA @theREALwikiman
  61. Timepiece: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/101610 LP: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_television/418198748/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Baby: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seafrost/515393926/sizes/l/in/photostream/ TEXTURES Computer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61444548@N00/118999076 Highway: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91351004@N00/452412873 Web 2 icons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zipckr/3925513417/sizes/l/in/photostream/ NY times building: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scallop_holden/2330962137/sizes/z/in/photostream/ ADAPTED FROM 18th century pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30432726@N05/2860104097/sizes/z/in/photostream/ 5: http://www.flickr.com/photos/simax/3390895249/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Waterfall: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joiseyshowaa/3646698276/sizes/o/in/photostream/ CC IMAGES BY Broken shelves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_mistress/1248479255/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Empty shelves: http://www.flickr.com/photos/create_up/1478123817/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Help: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81398303@N00/1878956841 ERVIN BARTIS Compass: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7542997@N03/2473782602/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Lock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamchenkov/300476203/sizes/l/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartiservin/ Path: http://www.flickr.com/photos/schmollmolch/4242099982/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Vault: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anonymouscollective/2291896028/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Rocket: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathancohen/3997542246/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Globe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97177054@N00/5051447015 Seatle Library: http://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/371038175 THIS PRESENTATION IS Computer hands: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43698630@N00/839984821 Latop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37182073@N06/4441387125 AVAILABLE UNDER CC Google: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31991771@N00/2856173673 ATTRIBUTION LICENCE Google in a box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16429872@N04/4670747540/sizes/m/in/photostream/ Coffee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30928442@N08/3668169284 Vancouver: http://www.flickr.com/photos/selva/90046278/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Spain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30982194@N05/4147356245 Berlin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/67499195@N00/4119691598 Seattle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vs/29582361/sizes/l/in/photostream/ ALL ICONSwww.iconfinder.com Icons via VIA Stockholm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94852245@N00/530293086 Vancouver interior: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/3458914518/sizes/o/in/photostream/ All photographs are via creative commons

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