I just attended A SirsiDynix Institute Conversation: The 2.0 Meme – Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Librarian 2.0, and aside from the fact that our library doesn’t cater to teens and a lot of conversation focused on them, it was a great presentation.
The thing that stuck with me the most was the Librarian 2.0 discussion. The speakers felt that the 2.0 Librarian had to be a “flexible professional” and needed to have training integrated into their daily schedules. Librarians are busy busy people who are dealing with patrons all day long and they need to have a break – a fun break where they also learn something. One speaker (sorry I lost track of who was talking) had a great suggestion. Give your staff the go ahead to play! Let them play with a different 2.0 technology each day so that they can learn – don’t force the issue with admin mandated sessions – if you have a “flexible professional” they will use that time to learn about the technologies they’re hearing about.
I love this idea! I also agree with Michael Stevens who said that it’s the library school’s responsibility to mold future librarians into “flexible professionals”, people who will want to learn and will go with the flow – wouldn’t that be great??!!