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ALA Midwinter 2007: Raising the Next-Gen Resource Sharing Librarian



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?

Her advice:

  • 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…

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  • andrew

    Hi David,

    Do you recall any of those cool new librarian titles. I am here brainstorming a list:
    “gaming librarian”
    “emerging technology librarian”

    I’m loking for more and need suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Andy

  • andrew

    Hi David,

    Do you recall any of those cool new librarian titles. I am here brainstorming a list:
    “gaming librarian”
    “emerging technology librarian”

    I’m loking for more and need suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Andy

  • davidleeking

    Andy – check out my new post – hopefully more will be added in the comments.

  • davidleeking

    Andy – check out my new post – hopefully more will be added in the comments.