≡ Menu
David Lee King

Additional Questions to Answer When Changing the Unchangeable



Barbara Kelly, from the Manage This! blog, just mentioned my How Can We Change the Unchangeable post – and added some amazing stuff. She added two questions, and then included a short commentary that’s hugely important to this discussion.

First, her additional questions:

  1. “What sort of leadership do we need from innovators and change instigators in librarianship and how can we as librarians learn the difference between leadership abilities and more traditional management/administrative skills?”
  2. “Is there necessarily a generational (X, Y or Z) or graduate cohort (1976 or 2006) difference in what librarians expect from the profession?”

Great questions! What do you guys think? Can you answer these?

And the commentary: “… its not just innovations in technology that we need to be discussing. There are changes as well in our understanding of how people learn, use physical space, work together and expect to be treated that inform our library services and professional values.”

I’d agree. I tend to focus on the techie stuff – that’s where my interests lie. But the whole library 2.0 thing is not just about technology – it’s about the MANY changes that affect the way librarians and customers interact… participate… and help to collectively build and tell the story of our local communities.

Great post!

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Michael Stephens

    You are so right. To me it’s about a change in the culture and philosophy of the library. That’s the most important bit!

  • Michael Stephens

    You are so right. To me it’s about a change in the culture and philosophy of the library. That’s the most important bit!

  • http://zbdigitaal.blogspot.com/ Edwin

    Not necessarily a difference but the times have changed so much: The long tail, infinite storage of data, incredible speed of connections, a fast changing media horizon,a global villa and so on.

    I joined the library back in 2000 and had a lot of expectations when it came to digital collections. Little did I know. 6 years later the internet was transformed in something far bigger than I’d could ever imagine.

    It would surprise me if graduates of 2006 held the same expectations as those of 1974. The info landscape simply has changed too much.

    And leadership now perhaps should be more based on trust,stimulation of creativity and networking, and providing good access to all sources needed, where some years ago it was mainly a matter of formal tasks, restricted retrieval and keeping order in limited collections.

    Now all limits are gone….

  • http://zbdigitaal.blogspot.com Edwin

    Not necessarily a difference but the times have changed so much: The long tail, infinite storage of data, incredible speed of connections, a fast changing media horizon,a global villa and so on.

    I joined the library back in 2000 and had a lot of expectations when it came to digital collections. Little did I know. 6 years later the internet was transformed in something far bigger than I’d could ever imagine.

    It would surprise me if graduates of 2006 held the same expectations as those of 1974. The info landscape simply has changed too much.

    And leadership now perhaps should be more based on trust,stimulation of creativity and networking, and providing good access to all sources needed, where some years ago it was mainly a matter of formal tasks, restricted retrieval and keeping order in limited collections.

    Now all limits are gone….

  • http://www.burkbum.com/ Josh

    Library 2.0 is indeed about far more than just technology, it’s about behavior and integration and going where your users are (the push vs. pull notion) and empowering those users them with tools that foster information sharing and innovation off line, as well as on. If marketing in the modern world is about starting conversations (which is what we are/should be doing in the library), then librarianship in the modern world is about teaching people how to think and how to talk.

  • http://www.burkbum.com Josh

    Library 2.0 is indeed about far more than just technology, it’s about behavior and integration and going where your users are (the push vs. pull notion) and empowering those users them with tools that foster information sharing and innovation off line, as well as on. If marketing in the modern world is about starting conversations (which is what we are/should be doing in the library), then librarianship in the modern world is about teaching people how to think and how to talk.