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Who really needs this?

The Sigma chapter of Beta Phi Mu (Drexel) had a belated induction ceremony last week. It was a bit of a last minute affair, and Executive Council (I’m the secretary) worked hard to find an interesting speaker who was available less than a month later. Nicole Engard’s presentation on The New Age of Librarianship (PDF) covered some cool new (and not so new) programs, great ways in which libraries are really serving their communities. The newbies were impressed. But so were we.

Nicole ended her talk with some tips that sent me scrambling for a way to take notes (emphasis mine):

  • Never ever ever stop learning!

  • “I don’t have time” is unacceptable

  • Read, Write, Teach and Share

  • Networking is key!

  • Be creative/Think outside the box

  • Challenge the status quo

By this point, I found myself wondering, “Who was this talk really for?” Yes, it was great for our recent graduates, but the more experienced among us were even more excited. It’s great to bring focus back to our work.

And so, as I sit mid-flight to my big summer conference (ed tech, not libraries, sadly), I resolve to do these things. To keep learning. To make time for knowledge. To share what I learn. And to never stop asking the question “Why?” when it comes to the status quo.

This talk was definitely for me.

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1 thought on “Who really needs this?”

  1. So glad you liked it! And yes, those final comments were certainly for those who were in the library already – and to hopefully encourage the new librarians to not fall in to the traps that we all see among those of us who have been in the field for a while.

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