Daily Archives: November 7, 2011

3 posts

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 […]

What Pizarro and the Inca can Teach Librarians: Why Libraries Should Not Be Part of IT – A TTW Guest Post by Dr. Troy Swanson

Legend has it that In 1532, Pizarro overthrew the Inca Empire with 168 men. Librarians have much to learn from history. I have been working my way through Charles Manns’ eye opening and complex book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Mann challenges us to rethink what we know about Native American culture demonstrating that pre-Columbian American culture was just as “advanced” as European culture. Mann also shows that the conquest of native society was made possible by many factors, especially the impact of disease. As you may have guessed, Pizarro did not overthrow the Inca Empire with […]