Everyone Else, Please Stop Chanting…

I will graduate from library school in May, and have had a wonderful experience at San Jose State’s School of Library and Information Science. Over the course of my studies I’ve read many journal articles, attended a few conferences, and participated in several organizations. Here’s my request and advice; those who don’t agree can simply observe that I am not yet actually a librarian.

Please. Take your cue from the leaders who spoke at the October conference of the Librarians Association of the University of California. No more hyper-focusing on “Web 2.0” and “Library 2.0.” No more chanting, “Podcasts and Wikis and Blogs, Oh My!” No more identifying each new technology, and then constructing a discreet library-branded example in response. It’s no longer impressive to say, “Our library now has a wiki. And, we also have a blog.”

The LAUC  conference had an organic focus that can better serve education, and libraries, and users. Everything began with the students — the users.  Everything started by studying what the users did; what they preferred; how they learn, and think, and play. And not one of the speakers suggested that a library “set up a blog” in order to reach these users.


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