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:
- “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?”
- “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.