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New Librarianship (MOOC) week 1:

Posted by arlekeno on July 22, 2013

Overview and introduction.

Definition of what is New Librarianship by R. David Lankes Professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship Syracuse University’s iSchool

A High-Level Framework to Navigate the Present and Future Beyond Functions, Media, and Spaces.
Knowledge is created through conversation. Librarians are in the knowledge business; therefore librarians are in the conversation business. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation.

Please note, Librarians don’t need to work in a library to be Librarians, they are not defined by the place or the tasks traditionally associated with it.

We are Defined by Why We Do Something and What We Do
Over Time What We Do Will Change  Because of Why We Do Them

What is Salzburg Curriculum?

Almost finished and he is saying the lending model is economically infeasible!


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Course Outline (For the Syracuse MOOC I am doing)

Posted by arlekeno on July 22, 2013

Week 1 July 8-14
• Overview and Introduction
o Video: Introduction to the Course 3:49 Minutes
o Video: Introduction to New Librarianship 14:12 Minutes
o Course Discussion Group
• Librarians
o The Mission of Librarians: This module will cover issues of worldview
and the question of an overarching mission for the entire profession.
§ Video: The Importance of Worldview 29:44 Minutes
§ Video: The Mission of Librarians 23:50 Minutes
§ Reading: The mission thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The atlas
of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 14-29
§ Mission Discussion
§ Module Test
o Knowledge Creation: This module covers the basic approach to
knowledge in New Librarianship. By focusing on knowledge, and its
unique human nature, we can better serve our members and community.
§ Video: Introduction to Knowledge 19:02 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge and Conversation 11:02 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge and Language 8:15 Minutes
§ Reading: The knowledge thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 31-64
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Facilitating: This module will walk through the specific means librarians
use to facilitate knowledge creation: access, knowledge/training,
environment, motivation.
§ Video: Introduction 16:35 Minutes
§ Video: Access 8:34 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge/Training 11:38 Minutes
§ Video: Environment 10:14 Minutes
§ Video: Motivation 9:00 Minutes
§ Reading: The facilitation thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 65-82
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
Week 2 July 15-21
o Communities: This module looks at the pressures exerted by communities
on libraries for participation.
§ Video: The Pressure to Participate 34:43 Minutes
§ Video: Community: Environment 23:05 Minutes§ Video Community Assessment 8:16 Minutes
§ Reading: The communities thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 83-115
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Improve Society: This module talks about the basic values librarians carry
into their work with the community. This includes a discussion of
leadership and innovation.
§ Video: Values of Librarianship 18:46 Minutes
§ Video: Leadership and Innovation 22:42 Minutes
§ Reading: The improve society thread in Lankes, R. David
(2011). The atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Librarians: This module introduces the core skills of librarians. This
module is complemented (and updated) in the Salzburg Curriculum
modules that follow.
§ Video: Introduction 11:24 Minutes
§ Readings: The librarians thread in Lankes, R. David (2011). The
atlas of new librarianship. MITPress, Cambridge. pgs 137-185
§ Module Discussion
o Salzburg Curriculum: This module cover a curriculum and set of
competencies developed by the Salzburg Global Seminar on Libraries and
Museums in a Participatory Age. The framing and curricular areas outline
a base set of competencies for librarians.
§ Video: Introduction 2:32 Minutes
§ Video: Framing 4:38 Minutes
§ Video Transformative Social Engagement 4:56 Minutes
§ Video: Technology 5:35 Minutes
§ Video Management for Participation 7:17 Minutes
§ Video: Asset Management 5:24 Minutes
§ Video: Cultural Skills 6:00 Minutes
§ Video: Knowledge, Learning, and Innovation 6:04 Minutes
§ Readings: Salzburg Curricular
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
Week 3 July 22-28
• Libraries
o The Mission of Libraries: This module covers the continuity and changes
to the mission of libraries over time.
§ Video: The Mission of Libraries: Expect More Than Books 12:12
Minutes§ Video Mission Statements 10:55 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Why Libraries?: This module covers the primary arguments for supporting
libraries. From economic stimulus, to learning center, to promoters of
democracy, there are many arguments that can be made for the continued
support of libraries of all types.
§ Video: Introduction 5:57 Minutes
§ Video: Collective Buying Agent 9:22 Minutes
§ Video: Economic Stimulus 8:09 Minutes
§ Video: Center of Learning 15:19 Minutes
§ Video: Safety Net 6:25 Minutes
§ Video: Steward of Cultural Heritage 6:26 Minutes
§ Video: Cradle of Democracy 7:30 Minutes
§ Video: Symbol of Community Aspirations 5:50 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Library as Platform: Instead of thinking of the library as a service, or
collection, it is important to think of it as a platform for community
innovation. In some cases it can be a digital platform, in others a physical
platform, but in all cases it serves as an enabling infrastructure for the
community to learn and improve.
§ Video: Library as Platform 15:42 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o Grand Challenges of Librarianship: What is the larger societal aim for
library and information science? Do we simply serve our communities
without regard for the larger context of citizenship and the expanding
information marketplace?
§ Video: The Grand Challenges of Library and Information Science
16:14 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
Week 4 July 29-August 4
• Community
o Share Don’t Lend: This module covers the difference between sharing,
where a library facilitates the use of community resources, and lending,
where the library builds a collection to loan to the community.
§ Video: Moving from Sharing to Lending and Back Again 18:25
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Testo Kill the User: This module reflects on the problem with the word and
concept of user. If librarians see community members more as consumers,
they will lessen their effectiveness.
§ Video: Kill the User 16:43 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o The Deficit Model: A discussion of how approaching members and
communities as problem holders, instead of as opportunity builders
hinders new librarianship.
§ Video: The Deficit Model 23:54 Minutes
§ Module Discussion
§ Module Test
o New Librarianship Criticism: This module provides a brief overview and
links to critiques and criticisms of the Atlas of New Librarianship and
ideas within.
§ Video: Criticisms of the New Librarianship Apprach 5:09 Minutes
§ Readings
• Neutrality and Bias
• 21st Century Library Blog’s Review of the Atlas (pay
attention especially to the
• Lack of Historical Connections
• Progressive Librarians Guild review of the Atlas
• Constructivism and Knowledge
• Lane Wilkenson’s Review of the
• Lane’s take on Constructivism and the
§ Module Discussion

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A MOOC experience!

Posted by arlekeno on July 22, 2013

I am stealing this entire post and will attempt the course myself.


Here is the intro.

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Library as Refuge.

Posted by arlekeno on July 18, 2013

I am looking at a lot of articles mentioning the library as a refuge or haven. These links were sent to me by Ian McLean, the Editor of the NSW School Libraries Assoc. Journal, iLeader.

Kevin Jennings.  Librarians make a difference. 

Libraries were a refuge for me in high school as well, but for a different reason. School was a hostile place where I got harassed daily, as four out of five lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth do, according to the 2003 Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network National School Climate Survey <>. The school library became my physical and psychic refuge: physical, in that our librarians never permitted harassment of any kind; and psychic, as the books and resources I found there allowed me to escape from the grim reality of my average school day. The library was also the first place I found any information about gay people that was objective and gave me a sense that I might have a future. I probably would not be exaggerating to say libraries saved my life
Perhaps the most surprising of these three major roles of the public library is the library as a beneficial physical environment. Some of the teens who used the library in this way viewed it as a place of refuge, either from a dangerous home or neighborhood environment, or from the higher noise levels of home and of public places.


Professor Dorothy Williams & Caroline Wavell and Louisa Coles

An important, if poorly researched, link can be made between school libraries and
enrichment of the learning experience within the curriculum. Research covering this area
is limited in both the scale and type. Action research contributes important but poorly
documented evidence on specific contributions to particular areas, such as vulnerable
students seeking refuge as volunteer librarians or disadvantaged students, i.e. those
with special needs.

School Libraries 21C:  By Ross Todd and Lyn hay.

Moving from teacher librarian ‘actions’ to student outcomes
Considerable attention was given to specifying the actions undertaken by teacher librarians
presumed to generate learning outcomes, and these encompassed a wide range of instructional
and service initiatives. One respondent summed these up cogently:
Libraries impact on Student learning by: 1. Promote a love of literature and learning. 2.
Provides a calm place for undertaking research. 3. Provides a cross over between technology
and print. 4. Promotes independent research. 5. They can be a place of belonging and a refuge.
6. They back up and support classroom teaching (1B.37).

 and regarding Equity

A pervasive concept was that of safety. The school library provides a safe place, a safe haven
for students (recess/lunch/before school/after school) (1A.43) for learning to work with diverse
and conflicting sources available through the internet, as well as a place for the investigation of
controversial and conflicting topics in safety. According to respondents: The library presents a
real, yet safe environment to explore the expanse of information available (1A.8); have fun, feel safe
and enjoy literature (1A.10); and Some students need the space as a “refuge” and others come into
the space because they “need to be needed” while others get the opportunity to develop leadership
skills through years of mentoring and helping others in the library (1A.9).

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