Many people probably still believe the library is about books and librarians with cardigan are sitting at the counter but it just imagination anymore. Nowadays it is about services that can collaborate, communicate and interact with users through various ways. Due to the rapid development in technology, information professionals have to be equipped with different knowledge, skills and attributes in order to survive and to meet the needs of library users in current online environment.
When I think about this matter as a future teacher librarian, the Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto by Linda Cohen (2006) has convinced me very much. This briefly details the essential attributes a librarian 2.0 should have.
Linda Cohen’s (2006) Librarian 2.0 Manifesto
• I will educate myself about the information culture of my users and look for ways to incorporate what I learn into library services.”
• I will not be defensive about my library, but will look clearly at its situation and make an honest assessment about what can be accomplished.
• I will become an active participant in moving my library forward.
• I will recognize that library change slowly, and will work with my colleagues to expedite our responsiveness to change.
• I will be courageous about proposing new services and new ways of providing services, even though some of my colleagues will be resistant.
• I will enjoy the excitement and fun of positive change and will convey this to colleagues and users.
• I will let go of previous practices if there is a better way to do things now, even if these practices once seemed so great.
• I will take an experimental approach to change and be willing to make mistakes.
• I will not wait until something is perfect before I release it, and I will modify it based on user feedback.
• I will not fear Google or related services, but would rather take advantage of these services to benefit users while also providing excellent library services that users need.
• I will avoid requiring users to see things in librarians’ terms but rather will shape services to reflect users’ preferences and expectations.
• I will be willing to go where users are, both online and physical spaces, to practice my profession.
• I will create open websites that allow users to join with librarians to contribute to content in order to enhance their learning experience and provide assistance to their peers.
• I will lobby for an open catalog that provides personalized, interactive features that users expect in online information environments.
• I will encourage my library administration to blog
• I will validate through my actions, librarians’ vital and relevant professional role in any type of information culture that evolves.
Cohen, L. [YouTube] (2006, November, 9). A librarian’s 2.0 manifesto. [Video file] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZblrRs3fkSU