If you know me or read my work, you know that the work of Dr. David Lankes transformed my philosophy of librarianship two years ago, and consequently, my practice. The principles he outlines in this exceptional talk parallel my thinking and provide all librarians sound principles that go beyond trends, fads, or “the shiny”. Take some time out of your day to see this informative and inspiring screencast.
What will kill this profession is not ebooks, amazon, or Google. It will be a lack of imagination. An inability to see not what is, but what could be. To see only how we are viewed now, but not how that is only a platform for greatness. Librarianship is not a building, or a collection. It is a conversation you are having. A conversation that has lasted over nearly three millennia. A conversation handed down from generation to generation, culture to culture, great society to great society, epoch to epoch. Librarianship only ends if we stop this conversation – set in stone, transfer practice to golden idols. It only survives if we, librarians and the communities we serve, take it up, renew, refresh it, and constantly engage in what is next. It is in that conversation that we find what a triumphant librarian is. Someone who wakes to see a better day for their community, and works to make the next even better, and the next day after that.
Listen, learn, and reflect, my friends.