I make this move with a great deal of excitement, and a healthy dose of sadness. I have been affiliated with SU for nearly 28 years in one capacity or another but now is the time for me to apply what I have learned in a new environment.
While there will be more details to follow, I did want to say that it has been the greatest honor and privilege to be part of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. I also want to extend my thanks to the faculty, staff, and students at SLIS and the College of Information and Communications who have been so welcoming and supportive.
This is a call to join partners in expanding Expect More into a comprehensive and expanding set of community building resources. These resources will include online learning events for library decision makers, a physical and digital workbook, and an ongoing series of engagements to advocate for greater community focus and involvement in libraries. The Expect More Collaboratory will deliver a multimedia web-based curriculum for use by librarians with boards, principals, provosts, and communities.
So consider this a call for crowd sourcing. Please help in preparing our communities for better libraries. I’ve put together a site for more information and a brief video call for participation.
Greetings all. There was a great deal of activity around my new book, a librarian-oriented follow-up to the Atlas of New Librarianship, at the beginning of the year. Well, it is 4 months later and there has been a lot of progress. Of course most of that progress is between me and my word processor, so I thought it would be useful to bring folks up to speed.
The first update is that the working title of the book has changed. The Radical’s Guide to New Librarianshipis now The New Librarianship Field Guide. Folks made it very clear in my call for input they were looking for a book that was more linear, filled with more actionable examples, and was at it’s core about implementation. So the Field Guide now includes lots of examples, discussion questions, and field observations on implementing and teaching these ideas. To be clear I still talk about librarians as radical positive change agents.
The other reason for the change is that Field Guide is being designed for use on the go. Not only will it be a highly portable paperback, but it will be available from the get go as an ebook. So the hope is that you can use it on the front lines with librarians and other library staff.
The big update is that the first really rough draft is now out for comments from the New Librarianship Collaborative (Wendy Newman, Kim Silk, and Lauren Britton). I’m including the current table of contents below and I need your help.
You’ll see that Chapter 19 is titled “FAQs (Frequently Argued Questions).” I’m looking for your questions or the issues that pop up when you are trying to implement the community-centric, community as collection idea. I can’t promise to include them all, but I would like to provide responses to as many as possible. You’ll see a few examples already under that chapter (and a special thanks to Lane Wilkinson for letting me use his blog post to get the ball rolling).
So email me, or use the comments below.
Here’s the current Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Librarianship Full Stop
The New Language of Librarianship
Acknowledging the Atlas in the Room
Structure of the Guide
Chapter 2: They Named the Building After Us
Chapter 3: The Mission of Librarians
A Very Brief History of Libraries
A Two Part Mission
Your Mission is Not Unique
Stand for Something or Fall for Everything
Chapter 4: Knowledge Creation
Information is a Lie
Knowledge, Knowing, and Pragmatism
Recorded Knowledge is a Lie Too
So What is Knowledge?
I’ll Have the Dialect Theory with a Side of Constructivism Please
Trust Me, I’m a Librarian
The Practicalities of Being in the Conversation Business
Chapter 5: Facilitation
All Together Now
Chapter 6: Participatory Systems
Pressure for participation
The Pressure to Converse
The Pressure for Change
The Pressure for Social Interaction
The Pressure of Limited Resource
The Pressure at the Boundaries
What Should Be
Go to the Conversation
Focus on Aspirations not Problems
Chapter 7: Improve Society
Intellectual Freedom and Safety
So What is a Librarian?
Chapter 8: Librarians
The Salzburg Curriculum
Transformative Social Engagement
Knowledge, Learning, and Innovation
Management for Participation
Advocacy and Librarianship by Wendy Newman
Chapter 9: Pragmatic Utopians
Chapter 10: What is a Library
A Library is a Funded Mandate
Chapter 11: Saving Money and the World
Collective Buying Agent
Center of Learning
An Assured Path to Irrelevance or An Outright Impeachment of Our Basic Principles
Steward of Cultural Heritage
Cradle of Democracy
Democracy and Transparency
Democracy and Access
Democracy and Education
Democracy and Higher Expectations
Symbol of Community Aspirations
Chapter 12: A Platform for Knowledge Development
A System of Systems
From Lending to Sharing
What’s Your Passion
Components of the Library Platform
Chapter 13: Fitting Knowledge in a Box
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, But What About Academic Libraries
Chapter 14: Academic Libraries
A Library with an Integrated Research and Development Agenda
Integrating Students Across the Campus in Library Service
The Library Serves as a Hub for New Forms of Instruction
Reinventing the Academic Press to be a Publisher of the Community
Making the Most Important Decision a Faculty Makes More Informed
Academic Library Conclusion
Chapter 15: School Libraries
iTeams by Sue Kowalski
Chapter 16: Public Libraries
Public Library Summary
Chapter 17: Engines of Advancement
From Mission to Missionary
Chapter 18: Battle Plan for the Faithful
Expect More World Tour
Lack of Staff
Fear of Failure
New Librarianship Master Class
Key Success Factors
Emphasize Teachable Skills
Link to Longstanding Concepts
Use Projects and Inquiry When Possible
Demonstrate Comfort with Ambiguity
Build Communities Not Websites
Provide Opportunities for Introspection and Inspiration
Chapter 19: FAQs (Frequently Argued Questions)
Open question #1: What about fiction?
Open question #2: What about librarians who don’t work in public services?
Open question #3: What about the autodidacts?
Open question #4: What about non-institutional libraries?
Today we start the second in our series of radical conversations, this time about the role of fiction and storytelling in knowledge creation. What is the role of narratives in the work of librarians, and what is the work of libraries in creating the stories of our communities?
How can librarians serve their communities in terms of fiction beyond a collection? Come join us, and make sure you give a listen to a conversation with the New Librarianship Collaborative and Jennifer Ilardi on lessons from Ferguson, MO.
Join the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #NewLibFiction or at the conversation’s page: