Bec in the library

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

Dagmar’s speech – my thoughts April 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — becinthelibrary @ 1:11 am

She challenged 10% to do something after listening

libraries in TAFE – don;t read and don’t need to(old school principal), dusty books, locked cupboards (personal parallel to room to read) library not seen as integral – this is an ongoing issue for all of us

new version = library days are numbered cos of pervasiveness of internet. library is contributor of organisation – specific curriculum and exploration of ideas and innovation. do we all understand and accept this in own libraries? ongoing process, lots of challenges

know the needs of your audience! consumer use patterns research – entertainment and media (our biggest competitor), supermarket industries

not either/or – internet or library – superficial argument; library role is now…. up to you in your context, no one can do it as well as you, no one size fits all. “you’re providing info i didn’t know i needed”

optus and alia working together for advertising – interesting!

service model – away from catalogue and index as focal point physically and electronically, organisation and methods used to be the most important, move towards curriculum

TLs might end up not a tertiary course in its own right – library incorporated into separate structures, no longer a key role of its own, subsumed into other areas. call to arms for ALIA: keep it rigorous, keep it relevant, continue to listen to the employers and existing TL/Ls.


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