TL Ponderings


Librarian 2.0

Knowledge, skills and attributes of an information professional in a web 2.0 world or change and user focus.

Embrace change and create a communicative platform between the users and the organisation and services. We need an awareness of the needs of  users that can only come from letting them into the organisation which has been enabled by the current technology; the user should drive the content and the services while the librarian is the facilitator of this collaboration.  Be careful not to slip back into letting the system determine the activity, content, collaboration, communication because we get so bogged down with the amount of social networking tools out there. Embrace technology that is right for you and appropriate to your users (Harvey, 2009) slowly introduce the new, few tools at a time and marry them to the old successful methods of your library. We are opportunistically positioned to guarantee the survival of the library profession by using our knowledge and insights to become change leaders and influence the new dynamic (Abram, 2007). Remember we are the gateway to user success and knowledge creation particularly for the student. Learn from those around us, the user especially and be prepared to make mistakes ensuring that you learn from them. When it seems you can’t keep up remember there is a community out there, tap into that collective intelligence by utilising your own PLN. Finally have fun, love your work, greet each day in the knowledge that both you and your users will learn and/or create something new, rejoice in it!

Harvey, M. (2009). What does it mean to be a Science Librarian 2.0? Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, (Summer). Retrieved from http://www.istl.org/09-summer/article2.html

Abram, S. (2007) paper at the Online Information 2007 Conference where he tries to define the ‘work’ of a Librarian 2.0, Web 2.0, library 2.0 and librarian 2.0: Preparing for the 2.0 world

A – Z of Social Networking for Librarians

Posted in INF506 by sarahcook3 on June 7, 2011
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Brown, A. (2010). A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries. Retrieved from http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2010/01/22/a-to-z-of-social-networking-for-libraries/

At present my primary school library does not have a web page; I am yet to ‘get around to it’ although the plans have been developing for a while. Unlike 6 – 7 years ago when I first started as a TL and was in charge of creating the school web page, the software is so much easier and more over I’m not afraid of making mistakes – trial and error and delete. It may/will be my holiday task. Lorcan Dempsey on his Weblog ‘On libraries, services and networks’ talks about the 3 stages of a library website….

  1. Fragmentary – where the library site is in its 2.0 infancy and is a mix up, thrown together page of databases for managing information.
  2. Integrated supply – simplified (for the user) search function, a unified feel and look, ‘consistent management framework’ throughout the site’ and the visibility of the staff through blogs, ask a librarian and the possibility of feedback from the user.
  3. Demand influence – this is the stage when the needs of the users shape the content and the services available to from the library. Moreover, the library tries to ‘predict, meet and guide demand’ from the user.

With this in mind I have chosen the following five letters to help me embrace a library 2.0 ethos in my situation.

  • Active – a slightly different take on this term – knowing my users (read here teachers) I will need to be active in promoting my services, what I can do for my users, active in reminding them of the possibilities and opportunities out here in 2.0.
  • Direction – I need a plan.  What are the needs of my users? What do I want to achieve with my library’s presence on a web page? I want to support the school’s vision, mission and goals; I want to support the library’s mission and goals/objectives; I want to start small and be effective with the initial tools I chose to include so that my users continue to visit my page and see it as essential for progressing through primary school; I want students to read; I want to make teaching more relevant to students. I want, I want, I want……
  • Good reads – the heart of the primary library is literacy (yes multi-literacies) but promoting a love of reading is essential in young people to set them up as lifelong learners and readers.
  • Video – children love to see themselves on screen, they love to record and take film, teachers get ideas from seeing other people teaching the same thing in a different way and there is a plethora of good visual resources out there that can enhance education and interaction. Adding video to my social networking site, my school library page is a must.
  • Widgits and wikis – I couldn’t decide, where would we be without them.