Category Archives: Internet Librarian Intl 2011

The New Normal: Catalyzing Ideas & People

This is the  text of my closing remarks from Internet Librarian International’s closing panel – our theme was “the new normal meets the new you.”

The new normal: libraries have the potential  be anywhere and everywhere, librarians can actively contribute to transformative social engagement.  Our foundations are built on service and access.

Sharing is key:

  • Freeing data
  • Encouraging participation
  • Sharing Within our own personal learning networks.

Civility & Kindness are key:

  •  Being nice to our users and  each other.
  •  We need to be loud, be vocal and an advocate for what you believe is right – and wrap it with kindness and empathy.

Lawrence Clark Powell wrote:   “A good librarian is not a social scientist, a documentalist, a retrievalist, or an automaton. A good librarian is a librarian: a person with good health and warm heart, trained by study and seasoned by experience to catalyze books and people.”

For the new normal, I’d change that last bit to “catalyze ideas and people.”

The New Normal Needs You

Greetings from London and Internet Librarian International!

Don’t miss this conference theme-related article by Ulla De Stricker at Info Today Europe:—to-tell-it-like-it-is-78092.aspx

Fragmented, opaque, multidimensional, fast-changing … however we view the profession we chose, we share the need to assess constantly how our professional contributions match the evolving needs of employers in light of their new tools - and translate that assessment into language they understand:

  • Because society is brimming with new technologies and new ways of communicating, our unique capabilities and skills, and the results we can produce, are ‘lost in the din’ more and more frequently.
  • Because the workplaces of today are brimming with the tech-savvy, the appearance that ‘we’re doing fine using social media and collaboration tools – who needs an info pro?’ is more and more prevalent.
  • Because we were slow to speak up about our value as technology took flight, we now must ‘cut to the chase’ and speak bluntly:  No, it is not OK for knowledge workers to be left fending for themselves without professional information support.  No, it is not OK to ‘throw technology at it’ and hope that will solve the corporate memory challenges (and so on).  Hard messages to hear for executives, perhaps … but haven’t we been polite about it long enough?

See you at ILI 2011 – London

The programme is up for Internet Librarian International 2011 in London October 27 & 28:

I’ll be presenting this on Friday:

C201 – Teaching Others
10.30 – 11.15
Michael Stephens, San Jose State University & Tame the Web

Expanding on his research on the effect of Learning 2.0 programmes in Australian libraries, initially done when he was the 2009 CAVAL Visiting Scholar, Michael Stephens, whose background is in public libraries, presents an overview of emerging literacies related to digital media, information exchange and education. The phrase “information literacy” has expanded well beyond its original meaning and now encompasses a wide range of media with which information professionals should be familiar and able to explain and teach to others.  

And I’m very interested in this session:
C202 – Teaching Information Skills
11.30 – 12.30
Jenny Evans, Imperial College London
Ruth Harrison, Imperial College London
Andy Tattersall, ScHARR University of Sheffield
Karen Marie Øvern, Gjøvik University College

The Learning 2.0 programme at Imperial College, based on Helene Blowers’ 23 Things idea, is now moving ahead to Research 2.0. The programme has been adapted to best meet the needs of PhD students. Engaging with the web 2.0 community has been a key objective. At ScHARR, Bite Size technology sessions, lasting only 20 minutes, have effectively helped staff and students learn something new about technology. In Norway, new methods of performing and assessing information literacy courses suggest that embedding the courses makes learning meaningful. 

Take a look at the full programme for all of the other sessions, info about the speakers and more.

The Lanyard site for the conference is here: