Tag Archives: Information Outook

Where Do Librarians Belong?

The November issue of SLA’s Information Outlook  focuses on issues of geography, specifically “Working Across Geographical Borders.”  This not only touches on the cross cultural divide between librarians working in different countries, but raises the questions, “Where do we actually work? Where are our communities?”  Stephen Abram’s article “Virtual Boundaries: Real and Imagined”  discusses his widening list of contacts, colleagues, and friends on social and professional networks. The most interesting part is the most obvious. We are no longer separated by the oceans between us. We might not be able to share and stream the same videos as a friend on a different continent, but for the most part our communities online are global and see no boundaries. Abram suggests how a librarian’s skills can be inserted into the virtual environment and offers some classic advice on diplomacy.

This reminds us of the Map of Online Communities infographic. If everyone has a place to live online, how do we translate the benefits of face to face interaction? Is there an app for that?


Abram, S. 2011. Virtual Boundaries: Real and Imagined.  Information Outlook. 15(7): 38-39.

Advocating for Librarians

The September 2011 issue of Information Outlook focuses on advocating for librarians. This is a topic that inspires We Are Librarians  in our pursuit to change the way people think of librarianship in the 21st century. Two articles in this issue highlight what We Are Librarians aim to communicate. They cover both the micro and macro approach to librarian advocacy.

Stephen Abram’s “Advocating for Yourself” recommends steps and tactics for promoting your individual worth and creating a consistent brand. This is something that every professional must consider in a time of fierce competition within the job market.

James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein’s “Continuous Advocacy Creates Opportunities for Survival” discusses upholding the core competencies of librarianship while contributing to your organization or company as a whole. We must promote ourselves and the field consistently in order to create more opportunities for all.

It is not only physical libraries that are in need of support, but the librarians and staff that give life and passion to the field. How can we change the image of librarians in the public eye? We Are Librarians‘ goal is to promote the work and lives of current librarians as well as the new generation of information professionals graduating with their MLIS. With this goal, our hope is that a new image and visibility to the field will develop.



Matarazzo, J., Pearlstein, T. 2011. Continuous Advocacy Creates Opportunities for Survival. Information Outlook. 15(6): 16-19. 

Abram, S. 2011. Advocating for Yourself.  Information Outlook. 15(6): 34.