Friday, December 3, 2010

Visioning Librarianship: From Economic Battlegrounds

Visioning Librarianship: From Economic Battlegrounds to Edutainment Battledecks by Jo Rolfe, MA, MLIS
by Jo Rolfe, MA, MLIS

It is more important than ever for library leaders, at every organizational level, to form, articulate, and communicate a powerful, positive, practical, and above all therapeutic vision for the future of librarianship. A vision is needed that will carry us out of the pervading real and psychological cloud of gloom.

What I do advocate is a gathering of the metaphoric clans; a sharing of institutional memory and resources through state, national and global networking opportunities; an increased reliance on cooperative webs of knowledge, communicated and debated via outlets like the Informed Librarian Online for which today I write. If we are to continue to battle for the glory of an informed democracy then librarians are ideally positioned for proactive, non-violent action, because we have access to the knowledge and tools with which to join forces across our ranks.

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