Judith shares with us her reading list and I have to say I’m intrigued – I must now find all of these items and read them.
Using Our Own Services, by Wayne Bivens-Tatum [
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA], Academic Librarian, 9 October 2007,
Excerpt: "Librarians would probably be better librarians if the occasionally used the library as a non-librarian. It's very easy to become library-centric and to think the library is the most important institution on campus."
The Future of Reference in Special Libraries is What Information Pros Can Make It, by Stephen Abram [SirsiDynix, Toronto, Ontario, Canada], Information Outlook 11(10):35-36, October 2007. Abram lists 8 possible scenarios for the future: from "Status Quo: A Recipe for Fossilization" to "Extreme Reference: Emergency Librarian." A must-read for all librarians.
Practicing the Fine Art of Paying Attention, by John Latham [Special Libraries Association,
Arlington, Virginia, USA], Information Outlook 11(10):44, October 2007.
Excerpt: "In this age of multitasking we often forget that giving someone your undivided attention is a good habit to acquire. It may be stating the obvious, but listening is still cool."
Librarians: Too Traditional? by Francine Fialkoff [Editor-in-Chief], Library Journal 132(6):8,
1 October 2007.
Excerpt: "We still need to convince many younger librarians to stay in the field for the long haul. We have about a decade or so before we'll start seeing the effects if we don't. As the pace of technological and social change accelerates, we need those innovators and risk-takers in our libraries. So, if you're one of those who holds the reins of tradition too tightly, loosen up."
Great Work, Genuine Problems, by John N. Berry III [Editor at Large], Library Journal 132(6):26-29,
1 October 2007. This is the first of a three-part report on job satisfaction of librarians. Mostly, we like our jobs, but they could be a lot better if a few things were improved (pay, status, flexibility, managers, for a start). This is also a must-read. (If you aren't a subscriber, check with your local public library"”they probably get it and will loan it to you long enough to photocopy this article.)
Web 2.0 Alphabet: Part I, by Shirley Duglin Kennedy [MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, USA and St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA] , Information Today24(9):17, 19. This is a neat way to learn about Web 2.0 tools.