There is lots of that. Here is a photo to let you know I am alive.
What I’m writing instead of blog posts. . .tonight’s Graduate Assignment. . .
Identify one trend in the field of library and information science that you would like to further explore:
An evolving profession: The collision of library versus information pardigms, Rubin, Chapter 3
Explain in a paragraph what you think this trend is about.
As the speed at which information is sent/received and the volume of information in our current age grows and expands to become not only societal but global, libraries and librarians must evolve to meet future challenges while holding fast to certain tenants of librarianship as a whole. I believe the trend focuses on how libraries and librarians are viewed in a certain concrete or stagnant role rather than how they are–and historically have been–flexible to the ever-changing needs of patrons and the communities in which they are located or work. Because of the rigid view held by many regarding the role of libraries, some would throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater and “reinvent” the purpose, goal, and mission of libraries and librarianship rather than dove-tail the traditional goals with the ever-changing boom of information-related technology and acquisition.
Explain in a paragraph how the chosen trend is relevant you personally.
I have long waited for the opportunity to reach my goal of becoming a librarian. My dream of pursuing a masters of library science began twenty years ago this August. Over the past twenty years the information and technology booms have changed how libraries look, feel, and are run. Despite the fact that we are more than a decade into a technology boom, we are still only at the beginning. During my twenty years as a classroom teacher, I have seen the pendulum of education practices and theory swing from one extreme to the other, and back again. My belief has always been that good teachers stand in the middle. We aren’t fence-sitters. We are just wise enough to use best practices from both extremes and everything in between. I feel that good librarians must do the same. We must hold to the best practices of the past while integrating current practices and future ones to come.
That took a GOOD portion of my night. . .then I had to come up with questions. . .then I had to find three “scholarly articles” to read at a later date and cite them in the correct stylistic format. . .and my professor happens to be head of the department. Kind of like Mary Poppins for librarians–except without the singing.