New Librarianship

What is New Librarianship? It is librarianship recast through a focus on communities and knowledge over collections and buildings. It is about the “why” of libraries and librarianship over the “how.” It all starts with the mission of the librarian:

The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities

This approach is detailed in the Atlas of New Librarianship, and is extended in the New Librarianship Field Guide. It also includes tools for librarians like the New Librarianship MOOC (used by over 3,000 participants) and non-librarians like Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World.

This page serves as simply a cover for these projects and the deeper content for you to explore.


Blog Posts, Presentations, and Other New Librarianship Information

New Librarianship Symposia Invitation
I am so happy to announce a symposia series on New Librarianship. …
Ampliemos expectativas – Expect More in Spanish Free Online
On Tuesday I had the honor of joining a launch event with …
Librarians Building the New Normal
"Librarians Building the New Normal." Brazilian Federation of Associations of Librarians, Information …
How Libraries Can Help Us Make a More Perfect Union – The Long Version
On January 22nd Publisher's Weekly published on OpEd of mine in their …
The Skillset Podcast
A quick introduction to the new Skillset podcast from The University of …
Library as Place: Comments to Advisory Group for the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland
"Library as Place." Advisory Group for the National Strategy for Public Libraries …
What is a Library if the Building is Closed?
"What is a Library if the Building is Closed?" Gigabit Libraries. via …
Expect More in Italian (Biblioteche innovative in un mondo che cambia)
Thanks to the amazing work of Anna Maria Tammaro and Elena Corradini, …
Is It Time for a Second Edition of the Atlas?
Greetings Readers and users of the Atlas of New Librarianship, I need …
A Point of Closing Optimism
In August the University of South Carolina Columbia campus will welcome students …
The “New Normal” Agenda for Librarianship
This week the scheduled Real Time sessions ended at librarian.SUPPORT. While it …
New Librarianship
"New Librarianship." Texas Woman's University Webinar. Abstract: A discussion of concepts in new librarianship. …
A European Trip Report
Trip report: Netherlands and Oslo Greetings all. I think it is useful …
Reference is Dead…Again
"Reference is Dead…Again." NÅR DEN NY VIN BLOMSTRER, Morgendagens veileder – sluttkonferanse …
Never Neutral, Never Alone
"Never Neutral, Never Alone." Transforming LIS education for professionals in a global …
The Knowledge School: or Why Teaching Library Science is Getting Harder
"The Knowledge School: or Why Teaching Library Science is Getting Harder." École …
Neighbors Not Users, Members not Customers, Partners not Patrons
"Neighbors Not Users, Members not Customers, Partners not Patrons." Congrès des professionnel.les. de …
Data, Media, and Society
"Data, Media, and Society." University of Maryland Libraries Future of the Research …
Customers, Members, and Users oh my!
Stephen Bell wrote a column for Library Journal[1]that has folks talking. I …
Library as Movement
“Library as Movement.” Victoria Libraries 2019 Planning Summit. Kalorama, Victoria, Australia. (via …