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My 2015. A Slow year.

Posted by arlekeno on December 30, 2015

I guess I need to blog more



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We tell you things for a reason.

Posted by arlekeno on June 2, 2015

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Picture 1…. Why we insist patrons use the returns trolley rather than just shoving all the Books back  where they think they should go…

Picture 2… Why the Teachers who work in the library should pay attention when we try to explain the Dewey Decimal system to them – its not ALWAYS alphabetical!

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Criticisms of the New Librarianship Approach

Posted by arlekeno on September 13, 2013

Major Issues
•Role of Collections: Does he put collections on the back burner with the push for more conversation and participation?
•Neutrality and Bias: Prof Lankes has issue with Librarians being Neutral, This is seen as a major value of librarianship by many.
•Lack of Historical Connections: It’s New. Have the ideas been tested?
•Constructivism and Knowledge: Uses Constructivist view of Knowledge.

Read This:

Neutrality and Bias

21st Century Library Blog’s Review of the Atlas (pay attention especially to the comments):

Lack of Historical Connections

Progressive Librarians Guild review of the Atlas

Constructivism and Knowledge

Lane Wilkenson’s Review of the Atlas

Lane’s take on Constructivism and the Library

Lane’s Reccomended readings:

Boghossian, P. (2007). Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism

Goldman, A. (1999). Knowledge in a Social World





This Course was moderated by.

R. David Lankes
Professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship
Syracuse University’s iSchool

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The Deficit Model (Week 4, MOOC)

Posted by arlekeno on September 13, 2013

IF we think in terms of the Deficit model, i.e. helping people who need help, e.g. job-seekers, then we start to think of the community as not an equal partner. 


Good Enough + Satisficing.

working an imperfect system to get best solution… E.g. Wikipedia, not the best but really easy.

-We have to make a good enough, best guess in a world with imperfect information-

it is the best we think we can do with the info we have with the system we know.

(But Wikipedia is a GREAT starting point).

This is not necessarily a deficit ( which is what many in Education think). If we get students to expand on these best gets, and show them how, we can show them how to do better with not much extra effort, Maximum Effect, Minimum cost.

Advocacy or Remediation:

The Approach we use affects the services with offer, and thus how we act, and how our patrons react to us ( for good or bad).     E.G> look at Tech Skills.

Remediation approach: Fixing a problem.

REMEDIATION: Low Income Access, Elderly
ACTIVITY: Workshops ,Kindle Book Loading


Advocacy approach:  Promotion

PROMOTION: Publishing Economic Development
ACTIVITY: Hack-a-thons Tech Petting Zoos

Yes our communities have problems. Yes we
should seek to solve them. Yet you motivate
community action through aspirations, not
constant reminders of failings.

We are not outside the community, helping them lift themselves up, we are part of the community. We need to give them the Aspirations.


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Grand Challenges of Librarianship

Posted by arlekeno on September 6, 2013

A Societal-Level Problem That is Solvable
and Has High Potential Rewards

Lifelong Learning
P-20 First generation to not do better than their parents
P-20: Preparing Students to Engage in an Academic Culture
P-20: Higher Education: Fixing an Increasingly Broken Model
How to Credential Knowledge

The Science of Facilitation
From Disintermediation to Facilitation (librarian, educator, curator, journalist, publisher)
Representing and Organizing Complex Knowledge
Processing Massive Scale Data

Balancing Local v. Global Perspectives
Identity (personal, community, etc) in a connected society
Local Concerns (Environment, Economy)
Engaged Citizenry (Democracy)
Transferring Local Information to the larger society

From Consumers to Participants
Move away from information as something to be consumed to something to nourish society (civic contribution)
From Jobs to Monetizing Knowledge Work
Equality of Access for the 21st Century (who owns the information/walled gardens of access to cultural knowledge)

Pressures for Change: Demographics, changes in the marketplace, networks.

Knowledge society with a Knowledge economy. This regulates how we prioritise.

People, Technology, Sources and permissions.

The Grand Challenge:
Coordinating the Knowledge Infrastructure to Unlock the
Potential and Passions of Society

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Library as Platform

Posted by arlekeno on September 6, 2013

Library has the resources.

Physical and digital settings for knowledge creation. e.g. maker spaces,

(by the way, we provide the opportunity for learning, not the direct instruction)

PLATFORM: Not just a service provider, but a place to connect with others, or create materials ( think the local history society using your local library to create and store local material).

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Why Libraries?

Posted by arlekeno on September 5, 2013

Do we still need libraries?


Collective Buying Agent – Economic Stimulus – Centre of Learning – Safety net – Steward of Cultural Heritage – Cradle of Democracy – Symbol of Community Aspirations.

Collective Buying Agent:

Pooling resources. 1 library for all community ( or many libraries in a cohort)

Does it make sense in this day and age?  HELL YES!!

Copyright, pay barriers… e.g. EBSCO. and we only rent them!

TEXSHARE SAVES $90,000,000 a year for members! 

Collective buying agency must be for collective access. (and again, Freegal bad)

Economic Stimulus:

Ooh, numbers! In Indiana, the community gets $2.38 in direct benefit for every dollar spent! not to mention generating economic activity! In Wisconsin, each dollar of investment returns $4.06.

(Spending of library and library salaries, saving community money and soft benefits as well).

Centre of Learning:

Libraries going from Information settings to Learning settings.

The two standard models at the moment are –

People University/Agora ( we have the info)  Or  Instructional Libraries. (Teach)

Facilitation of learning is not passive, we need to know how to teach… That includes, making modules, presenting and assessing.

More Numbers. If you have a trained librarian in your school library, you get A LOT of improved scores over those which don’t.

Cushing Academy via Boston, got rid of a lot of books… But Hired A lot more librarians. And now the students want access to them 24/7


Public School at the public library. -The rise of the badge ( Mozilla foundation)

Library Granted Degree.

Safety Net: well duh!

Govt info or job info only available via internet. For 3/4 of USA community the library is only internet access. (not to mention time of crisis) or a Physically safe place.

Stewards of Culture:

Same as always, but also a new culture, the now.

Cradle of Democracy:

Transparency, access, education… PARTICIPATION ( a key of new librarianship)

Aspirational Symbol:

What we want to be ( and showing off). 

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Salzburg Curriculum

Posted by arlekeno on September 4, 2013

Salzburg Curriculum: What is it?

What do New Librarians need to know in an age of participation…

Core Values.


  1. Mission
  2. Applicability
  3. Values

Topical Areas

  1. Openness and transparency
  2. Self-reflection
  3. Collaboration
  4. Service
  5. Empathy and respect
  6. Continuous learning/striving for excellent (which requires lifelong learning)
  7. Creativity and imagination*

Specific Skills

  • Transformative Social Engagement
  • Technology
  • Management for Participation (Professional Competencies)
  • Asset Management
  • Cultural Skills
  • Knowledge, Learning, and Innovation

The Mission-

“the mission of librarians and museum
professionals is to foster conversations
that improve society through knowledge
exchange and social action”


Formal and Continuing Education

The Values

Openness & transparency
Empathy and respect
Continuous learning/striving for excellent
(which requires lifelong learning)
Creativity and imagination


Transformative Social Engagement:

If you work in a place, try and make it better. (what the community aspires to) Programmes, advocacy, whatever the society needs.


Whatever is needed at the time. e.g. create and maintain an effective virtual presence.

Be willing and able to pass the skills on.

Management for Participation:

Sustainability ( financial), Advocacy, ethics, sharing, collaboration, review

Asset Management:

Preserve/Safeguard, Collect, Organise, disseminate.

In old and new librarianship, each collection and patron different.

Cultural Skills:

communication; intercultural: the ability to analyze and function in micro and macro cultures including age and gender; languages / terminology; support for multiple type of literacies.

Knowledge, Learning, and Innovation:
Constructed, Improvisation or innovation, interpretation, dissemination, information seeking.

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Librarians in new librarianship.

Posted by arlekeno on September 3, 2013

What makes a librarian?

Theory and Practice, we understand deep concepts and how to make that a reality.

But what do we do?

1) Competencies: Change Slowly,

2) Access

3) Skills:

Public service, Administration, Information Organisation, Information seeking, Collection development.

4) Cataloguing

5) Technology: CHANGES FAST!

6) Specific Tech, e.g. MARC, still hanging in there but RDA changing it.


New Librarianship focuses on the competencies, the job defines the technologies you use due to the collection and audience. But our job is not defined by technology, its defined by the competences.

Technologies and thus skills are in transition as we speak, Especially with the semantic web etc… But librarians are used to this change and should expect it again.

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MOOC week 2: Communities

Posted by arlekeno on August 30, 2013

Talking about what the users want from us.
We need to facilitate the conversation to create knowledge.
We are under pressure also from where our salary comes from.
Tax, Company, tuition.
We can with patrons create Pressure as well.

In a limited resource within a community you tend to put more pressure on it.
(e.g. in NYC, if you want a coffee, you can shop around, but are not engaged, in a small town though, you have to be active and ask questions).


These conversations will allow libraries to find out what the community wants, which in turn will help us be more useful.

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