I’m worried..will my job exist in 2020?
Volunteers good, no Librarians bad
In my opinion there are many things that volunteers can do in community libraries but there are a lot more things they cannot do and without the supporting skills of professional librarians everything soon falls apart. The problem is that the “collective unconscious” image of the librarian lady with the bun and the glasses still dominates in our society.
Can “One Minute Messages” make a difference?
CILIP have pointed out in a new PR initiative called “One Minute Messages” that Librarians have “a unique combination of skills” some of which are to:
help others find and interpret information
assist others to develop information handling skills, i.e. information literacy
provide knowledge and access to all available resources
Our unique skills mix looks like..?
But words alone don’t have the impact that real people’s stories do. So I’m asking my colleagues to help me “crowdsource”*, through Twitter and this blog, the wide range of skills that librarians use in their jobs. This gives us 140 characters to describe a skill and add a picture or a link to show how it works in practice. I suggest we use the hashtag CILIP1 (for one minute message) i.e #CILIP1
I’m a librarian [Information Professional] and I …. #CILIP1
Here’s my first offering:
I’m a librarian and I teach students how to use information sources on the Web #CILIP1
Please join if you are an Information Professional or Librarian in any sector. This isn’t just about Public Libraries. It’s about all our futures. I’m planning to make a one minute “animoto” about the skills I use in my job as a school librarian.
Add a skill to the comments box below or on Twitter. Pictures, videos and links are very useful so too. We can let CILIP staff at HQ read our tagged list of skills and use them to tell our stories.
I’ve never tried a crowdsourcing thing before so fingers crossed it works!