Don’t Miss “Three Punk Rock Lessons for Surviving 21st Century Library Hell”

TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke serves up a mighty fine guest post at Heather McCormack’s blog:

http://heathermccormack.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/guest-post-three-punk-rock-lessons-for-surviving-21st-century-library-hell/

For an example, I’m going to turn to Twitter. Just two years ago, I was a librarian in South Jersey tinkering with tweets, not knowing at all what I was doing. I took it upon myself to understand the strange little-big world of hyperlinks and handles. There were days when I didn’t get it and tweeted too much or avoided it out of a lack of confidence. But I kept pushing and experimenting. What finally happened reveals the true beauty of the DIY concept: suddenly (so it seemed), I had built a community that shares my goals, a mini revolution in my web browser. Today, I’m connected to a couple thousand amazing people who inspire me to do my job better.

Feeling powerless for more than five minutes is pretty much inexcusable now, though I still do it. It seems ridiculous, but “giving up” always seems to result in more confidence in myself and in my initial investment in social media. Flash-back to two weeks ago: I was in a terrible headspace. An average of fifty to sixty teens were flooding the library in the afternoon, and I was at a loss of how to manage the wrecking ball of awesome that is adolescent energy without driving it away entirely. Being a staff of one most days, I felt overwhelmed, tired, and confused. Then I remembered my online support system. I tweeted for advice, and they bestowed upon me a treasure trove of the stuff along with the digital equivalent of a bear hug.

I urge you to read the whole piece and reflect on this fascinating concept – can punk rock help librarians find their own way?

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Miss “Three Punk Rock Lessons for Surviving 21st Century Library Hell””

  1. punk= one-way dead end street and a dead horse.
    DIY= vibrantly alive and full of diverse life.

    punk rock can’t help us: DIY can! Still, I love your message here!

  2. Michael, you realise punk started as a reaction against bands like Fleetwood Mac? ;-)

    Joking aside, I agree with Joe: punk was great at the time, but it’s dead now. Fetishising punk, now, seems like the exact opposite of what punk was about at the time. But I’m 100% with Joe on the value of DIY, and the message here. Thanks for the link.

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