Mary Hollerich, Audrey Huff, Michael Porter, and Michael Stephens spoke.
Mary Hollerich (National Library of Medicine):
- Spoke a little about kids today: different learning styles, tech savvy, collaborative, thriving on change, multitaskers, learning resource sharing on the job
- Resource sharing is more than just ILL: blurred boundaries with ILL, circulation, and acquisitions
- Expanded concept of resource sharing: lots of cooperation – in reference, collection development, cataloging, even storage facilities…
- Grad school wishlist: target audience: future managers of resource sharing products and services
- keepin it real: internships, assistantships, practicums
- She’d love to see online continuing education courses (hmm – SHE could do them using OPAL!)
- Also use listservs, blogs and wikis for discussion
- She’d also like to see a mentoring type program that pairs a “newbie” with a more experienced practitioner
Audrey Huff (Northwestern University School of Law):
A Next-Gen LIS graduate is:
- comfortable with technology and change
- a user of resources
- pro user and pro access
- aware of the professional forums available
- has collaborative experience – can work with teams
She took lots of reference classes, but there were no classes on access services (no ILL, circ, resource sharing classes) – where are the classes/issues relevant to resource sharing?
- do internships (become a practitioner as soon as possible)
- look at the literature
On the job: she’s looking for info – what works, how to use stats, how to understand patron expectations, understanding resource-sharing platforms and systems, etc… (me – all the stuff library school doesn’t teach!)
Michael Porter (WebJunction):
- The title on his powerpoint is “Gimme Gimme Gimme” – cool
- Libraries are two things: content and community
step 1: break down barriers
- institutional barriers
- personal fears… another type of barriers
step 2: show your true colors (went from black and white slide to a color slide – nice)
- sometimes hard to think about the “me” in “gimme” – it’s ok to think about ourselves – we want the same things
step 3: effectively use me…
- me is our users
- me is You, too!
- We can be librarians, and we can also be users…
- Lots of people here use Netflix – wow!
- Move from calling it ILL to calling it Fulfillment (that’s inserting a more customer service, corporate mentality into the library)
- Give me what I want
- be there for me when I want you – be available when needed
- give me my stuff the way I want it – content not container idea
- Be where the user is
- prove your importance to ME!
- Let ME do it myself! Unmediated ILL…
Michael Stephens (Dominican University):
Pondering the future…
- Cool new librarian titles
- Immersive Learning Librarian (the gaming librarian – wow)
- “we are looking for a librarian 2.0 in preparation for a library 2.0 world” – from a job ad
- Nextgen Librarian – at Wayne State University….
- talked about how the world has changed via web 2.0 stuff
- Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything … looks like a good book
- showed lots of examples of what libraries are doing to reach out in new ways
- “the trendspotting librarian” – we need to understand what’s coming next
- use wired, etc to trendspot – ads, articles
- the adaptive librarian: education flexible professionals, you have to be flexible
- the experience librarian – coolness.
- Experience – Lunds grocery store is reserving community rooms…
- the sharing librarian – we need to be open, decentralized, etc…
- we need to: learn to learn, adapt to change, etc…