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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.

Are You a Librarian 2.0?

As we move past the traditional roles and stereotypes of librarianship it has come up that “librarian” is not an adequate term, even as far as a couple of years ago SLA was going to change their name to reflect that. There was a push back from librarians themselves with not wanting to change their name. Does changing our title change peoples perceptions of our role?

“we often talk as if ‘libraries’ and ‘librarians’ are synonymous – they’re not.” Which would imply, I think, that without libraries, collections and storehouses of information, librarians could push off into uncharted waters as consultants navigating a wider world of data. Says Daniel Lee, research librarian at Navigator Ltd, “libraries are buildings and they don’t do anything – it’s the librarians and staff that make things happen in any library. They are what’s most useful.”

We are firmly in the digital age, do you want to be called a Librarian 2.0? Do you love or hate that term? Do you want to be called something else? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Read more here: http://www.collegeonline.org/library/librarians-online/future-librarians


The Power of the 21st Century Librarian

Presented by Drexel’s iSchool, this free webinar will cover topics like social media, but also the tools that librarians need in order to adapt in their changing roles.

What: Dr. Michael D. McDonald

When: October 20, 5:00pm

Where: http://bit.ly/DUSLAtalk

Details from the Drexel site:

In the context of increasing real-time information abundance, librarians as a profession face new opportunities to contribute to a more resilient public health by applying long-held skills and values to social media content and intelligent social networks. Dr. Michael D. McDonald will engage in a discourse as to how the strategically oriented librarian can invest a new dimension of power and responsibility in their professional role by contributing to the management of this new information sharing environment in the prevention and management of large-scale social crises (e.g., disease outbreaks, terrorism, natural disasters, economic and social discontinuities) at the global, national, regional, and local levels.

Read Dr. Michael McDonald’s recent article on SLA’s FutureReady365 blog.







Expanding Your Career Potential: Nov. 9 & Dec. 14, 2011

METRO and SLA-NY are offering a two-part webinar series on learning how to better market your skills and create new opportunities for yourself, entitled “Expanding Your Career Potential: Construct a Plan to Attain New Levels of Expertise, Employment, Compensation and Career Satisfaction”. For all those struggling to find a job or suffering at your current job, learn how to join the movement toward giving us librarians a new public image!

Here is the email we received today:

 Join us for a special two-part webinar with David Grossman and SLA President-Elect Deb Hunt as they present:

Expanding Your Career Potential: Construct a Plan to Attain New Levels of Expertise, Employment, Compensation and Career Satisfaction

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 3:00 to 4:30 pm and Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – 3:00 to 4:30 pm

During these webinars you’ll:

  • discover how to leverage your existing skills and experience or acquire new skill sets to improve your marketability
  • devise a strategy to capitalize on new opportunities with your current employer
  • receive practical advice on how to prepare for an alternative career
  • develop a personal action plan to assure continued employment

Webinar Package Fee:

  • $50: SLA-NY members; METRO, myMETRO, and NY 3R’s Council Members;
  • $75: Non-members

Learn more & register at: http://www.metro.org/en/cev/129

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.