Saturday, May 10, 2008

Meme: Passion Quilt

I may well be the last person in the biblioblogosphere to do this, but Library_chic tagged me with the Passion Quilt Meme.

The rules are:

1. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.

2. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.

3. Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

Original at

What I want LIS students to learn is that flexibility is essential. We're in a position where libraries, librarianship and the way we have to approach almost everything about our profession. Things can change on an almost daily basis, and if a student comes in to this profession intending to do the same thing day in and day out, 99.9% of the time, they'll learn differently pretty quickly. Learning it by having it forced on you is completely different from learning it and embracing it.

That flexibility extends to so many parts of librarianship, from finding a job to performing those duties. Staffs in libraries aren't growing - at least in the ones I've worked at. Instead, we're doing more with less, and having flexible, proactive professionals in place is essential to having an organization that is effective in anticipating and responding to patron wants and needs as well as technological changes that will only speed up.

I'm supposed to tag five people, but I'm not sure there are five left who haven't done this. I'm going to cheat a bit and say that if you're reading this and want to do it, have at it.