Vote this week for your favorite new librarianship pinterest account. Syracuse University’s iSchool created the library-related challenge to connect the movement of new librarianship to this new and exciting social media tool. All of the boards display the visual power of Pinterest while advocating for libraries and librarians! You’ll see pins of library stacks, book arts, QR Codes, memes, library groups, infographics, conference reviews, and library advocacy videos.
The authors here at We Are Librarians already love Pinterest for curating our personal tastes, wishes and inspiration (checkusout). The resulting boards look fresh and attractive, and it’s just as fun to browse our feeds of pinners we follow.
Pinterest Challenges have sprouted up across the web, mainly for the site’s ease of use in quickly adding and organizing content. Finally, a library-related challenge has been created by Syracuse University’s iSchool, as described by School Library Journal:
The Pinterest Contest for the New Librarian is a search for a a few good boards that define and illustrate the future of our profession. But, well beyond the contest itself, the resulting boards should demonstrate the value of this tool for creating communities of practice and visual professional sharing.
We look forward to participating, and hope you do, too. The boards created for this contest are sure to be exciting takes on what the future holds for librarianship.
Monday’s Guardian article “Beyond Books: What It Takes To Be a 21st Century Librarian” announces to a worldwide audience what librarians have been talking about for years within the field. The authors Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood are both academic librarians and wrote an amazing article on what is happening in the field of librarianship and how to achieve it as a career. While it describes the fact that we are not all about books anymore, it does not really go into detail about what we do in our modern careers as alternative librarians — information architects, digital asset managers, etc. What it does strongly highlight is a librarian’s role with the public and working with people. It is all about the community we serve whether that community is a neighborhood or RSS feed.
Last week, I Need A Library Job interviewed Mia Breitkopf. Mia recently wrote a blog post called 61 Non-Librarian Jobs for LIS Grads. She is currently a student at Syracuse University’s iSchool, which is particularly influential in the new librarianship movement. The iSchool’s blog Information Space gives students, alumni, professors, and the Syracuse community a platform to share and discuss their thoughts about the information profession. A fellow student, Topher Lawton wrote a post on the iSchool blog declaring his 2012 resolution to break the stereotypes that people associate with the word “librarian.” It’s empowering to know that other people are speaking out about what it means to be a librarian – especially to those outside the profession.
David Lankes’ presentation last month at the National Congress of the Italian Library Association explored both the failures and victories of librarians. It is not only our failures, but our victories that threaten the industry. Our field has become fragmented and competitive — two destructive forces that suffocate our present and future.
Lankes shows the importance of librarianship on a global scale while keeping it personal and funny. It ultimately comes down to knowledge distribution, communication, and learning. We can take charge of our future by partnering with tech companies and participating in social media to create a new image for ourselves and our communities. Lankes is a bold voice speaking on behalf of new librarianship and the need for social change and action. It is up to us!