I just got back from teaching a basic search engines class to nine local library workers. This class is, to me, extremely basic information – I cover topics like “What is the web?”, “differences between search directories and search engines,” and “How to evaluate what you find.” Very basic stuff. While all of my students work in libraries, they have different job duties – I had everything from a circulation clerk to professional, “degreed” librarians. Some of them were there to earn CEUs, some were there to learn about searching the web.
And you know what? Many of them DID learn something today (they told me so). So here are those observations hinted at in the title of this post:
- No one is born knowing everything
- ya gotta learn sometime
- I know lots about library techie stuff, but not everyone is like me
- I don’t know much about other areas of librarianship.. but someone else does.
As I was pondering this, I realized this really relates to the whole Gorman “blog people” thing. Obviously, Gorman is not an idiot. He’s an intelligent library director who is not familiar with library-related blogs. Blogs aren’t tools he uses on a daily basis. My guess is that his first experience with blogs stemmed from the negative feedback he received after his discussion of Google’s e-text initiatives – probably not a very pleasant or positive introduction!
I DO use blogs as a tool in my daily job routine – they help me keep up with technology trends, and keep me learning about new things in the library world.
So here’s a thought – are there any “library director” blogs out there? Something that Gorman could actually use as part of his daily job routine? My guess is this – if someone showed him a blog that proved useful to his job, his opinion might change. Much more so than if he reads that some weirdo on Dave’s Blog thinks his opinion is…. well, you get the idea.