I have just completed my first ever MOOC. It has been an interesting learning curve, both in doing an online course, as well as getting bombarded with “new thoughts” (new to me) in librarianship.
I have done the New Librarianship Master Class presented by the School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University.
I feel a bit overwhelmed by the thoughts and ideology surrounding New Librarianship, as explained in The Atlas of New Librarianship by R David Lankes.
But the course has definitely opened up my thoughts and ideas about librarianship. It has given me tremendous hope for the future of librarians and libraries!
Some positive thoughts that I am taking away:
– Librarians are positive change agents
– Librarians are not passive, but pro-active in their involvement of the community.
– I love the mission statement:
– Librarians are part (members) of the community, and actively involved in solving the problems of the community through innovation and creation
– We are moving away from a lending model, towards a sharing model; where all the members of the community contribute towards a common goal through resources, information, goods, experience and skills.
– We as librarians must model the positive change we want to see in our communities. It places a huge responsibility on our shoulders.
– We are more than our collections, spaces and places.
– We create the opportunity for new learning, new innovation and new creation!
– We do not have to have all the skills, but need to be able to put the experts in contact with the rest of the community. It demands social networking skills.
The future of librarianship is bright!
If we do not have an ideology (with a good theoretical framework) to address the future of libraries and librarians, we would not be able to take our profession into an exciting future!
I am inspired! Thanks to R. David Lankes!