The Importance of Professionalism

19/10/2012 § 14 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Katie Clausen.

“Suits” by Paul G under CC license via flickr.

In one of my courses we are analyzing ALA’s “Core Values of Librarianship.” We take on one core value every week, reading articles and discussing how these values define us as librarians. It is important to understand the policy that makes the foundation of our profession, even though it can be….well, boring. But if we take the principles and apply them to our everyday lives and jobs, it is easy to see why we need these standards. They are, as the ALA states, “the foundation of modern librarianship.”

Last week, we tackled Professionalism, and it was quite the dialogue.

First of all, The American Library Association’s core value of professionalism states that the ALA “supports the provision of library services by professionally qualified personnel who have been educated in graduate programs within institutions of higher education. It is of vital importance that there be professional education available to meet the social needs and goals of library services.”

Let’s break it down. What does professionalism mean? Why do we need it?

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Call for new writers!

18/09/2012 § Leave a comment

Greetings readers!

Here at Hack Library School, we pride ourselves on providing engaging, thoughtful, and useful resources for Library and Information Science students.  The best part of this experience, in my opinion, is the community the writers have with each other and our readers.  Unfortunately, because we’re a blog by and for students, eventually we have to move on to bigger and better things (like full-time professional gigs).  The good news for all of you is that we’re looking for a new group of dedicated students who would like to be regular contributors here.

We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, skilled writers who have backgrounds and specialties that we’re currently lacking at HLS.  We’re looking for a diverse group of writers: diversity of experience, professional interests, and opinions.  We strive to critically engage with topics and we’re not afraid of “stirring the pot,” and we hope you aren’t either!

The commitment is relatively low.  We try to post 3 times a week.  As the schedule sits now, each writer contributes about a post a month on the topic of their choosing. New writers will get paired up with a mentor (an “original” Hack Library School writer) to help with your first few posts and generally ease your nerves.

If you’re interested in regularly contributing to the blog, please send Brianna (bhmarsha at indiana dot edu) an email with the following “application materials” by Oct. 5, 2012:

  • A brief bio about yourself.
  • Your school and anticipated graduation date.
  • Your professional interests and 2-3 topics that you would like to write about.
  • A writing sample, if possible.  This does not need to be formal.  Feel free to link us to a personal blog, a paragraph of a paper, etc. We just like to get a feel for your writing style.

If you are a recent graduate or can’t commit to being a regular contributor, please consider writing a guest post for us! Just indicate that you are interested in a guest post in your email.

We look forward to hearing from you!

What’s in a HackLibSchool post?

20/07/2011 § 1 Comment

Here at Hack Library School, we are constantly in contact with people who are interested in sharing their story or perspective about library school with the readers of the blog. Some of these prospective writers have their own blogs, contribute to other blogs in and outside of libraryland and some write us emails saying “I’ve never written a blog before, but I read them a lot.” In any case, we welcome your ideas and conversation. This is what Hack Library School is:

This is an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization.  — Micah on About HLS

With that in mind, if you are considering contacting us to write, and we are oh so excited to hear from you, here’s what we’ll be asking you for! Of course every post is different, so consider these suggestions rather than rules or guidelines.

  1. a bio – We (the editors and readers) want to know who you are, what your interests are and how or if we can find you other places on the internet! When I read a bio, I connect more with the content and I am more likely to jump into the discussion in the comments area.
  2. your voice - A blog isn’t an essay or paper for class (thank goodness! and that’s why we also say shoot for 750 word max). Sure we may ask you to do a little “research” to provide other perspectives (see next on list) relating to your post, but we want YOUR voice. We want your i’m-sick-and-tired-of and your i’m-so-geeky-i-did and your my-classmates-rock-my-socks-off-cuz posts. That’s what being a student is about. Use your words. Use your voice to tell your story.
  3. other perspectives - Bringing in (linking to, providing a short citation of an author, journal, etc.) an outside perspective (or 3) not only provides more information for the readers but also jump starts the conversation. Even linking back to previous HLS posts throws us back into the archives; you know we will always have something to say. It’s difficult to fully exhaust a topic.
  4. visuals – If a visual (anything other than words) fits with your post, don’t be afraid to share it with us. Visuals make an impact. We have a diverse audience and some of them greatly appreciate the visual aspect of posts. If it’s a doodle you drew while you were supposed to be taking notes and were instead daydreaming about HLS (oh we know you do!), include it! Here’s the result of one of my HLS daydreams.
  5. discussion – Take responsibility for your own opinion and respect other opinions. One way to do this: join in on the discussion on your post (and other people’s) by commenting and expressing your thoughts. Posts that raise questions are at the heart of HLS. We need the discussion and sometimes discomfort and disagreement in order to dig into the heart of (L)IS.

Are you ready? Send any of us an email, tweet, Facebook message, etc. and let’s get you started! And when we hear your ideas, we’ll get a first draft from you, send you our comments (edits, revisions, etc.), and work toward scheduling your post in our calendar.

Please feel free to comment here with any questions and other blog-writing suggestions. And if you’d like to take on a larger role as a contributing writer (writing a couple times a month), we can talk about that, too.

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