[Series] TMI #6 – Editorial Edition

28/03/2011 § 3 Comments

Welcome to TMI Week! We are taking a break from blogging to dedicate some brain-time to our coursework, and so we thought we’d beef up our Two Minute Insight shortcast series. Over the next 5 days stop back by to hear some brief thoughts on a variety of topics related to Librarianship, library school and the state of education.

The HackLibSchool Editorial team – minus Julia :( – took fifteen minutes to discuss what we see as some major issues that will be facing librarianship in the next few years. FYI – this was the first time we have actually all “talked” to one another, and it was cool just to hear one another’s voices. Also, this is meant as a practice in vocalizing our ideas in a different medium, and we hope you’ll forgive any novice nervousness and/or technological glitches.* ┬áThis episode breaks the Two Minute mold by about 13 minutes, but we thought it’d be nice to introduce ourselves and our emerging ideas is this format. Expect more team-sized shortcasts in the future.

Here’s the hightlights in case you can’t listen to the whole thing:

Question: What are the major issues facing libraries and librarianship in the next few years?

  • Heidi – We must be proactive instead of reactive.
  • Britt – Have to start considering serving the middle demographic (25-45), libraries are of the community despite govt connections.
  • Annie/Micah – Experiential connections in the institution and digital preservation can bolster the profile of the library in a digital world.
  • Zack – Re-conceptualizing our place in society is necessary.
  • Lauren – Must begin advocacy and marketing better to help others realize the value of librarians/librarianship.
  • Nicole – How to evolve and adapt to new needs. What does the public want from us?

*Micah’s note: Feel free to drink every time I say “great”… After class, in the comfort of your local pub or home, and of legal age, of course.

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