Posted by: bluesyemre | November 30, 2014

Advocating for libraries – are we fed up? by Lindall Adams

I have been in libraries from as long as I can remember. I had work in academic libraries, public libraries and school libraries in various roles. What I have witnessed is the hard work librarians are doing to put their libraries on the map. Regardless of their services, collections and programs libraries and the people working in it are still being neglected by their patrons and governments. I attended several conferences where speakers and I are advocating for libraries trying to convince the audience about the important commodity we have in the community. In our minds we believe this is true and with much passion and enthusiasm we are sharing this message to the world, but we can nobody buy into what we are selling?

I remember in two interviews the senior of the interviewees asked me about my take on information literacy and what I can bring to the table. I almost wanted to shout out to the interviewee, there is no miracle information literacy formula. If you have problems with students not attending your information literacy classes than obviously there is a problem with your method of instruction, or the librarian doing the instruction is in her early sixties and not in tune with today’s 18 year olds. We have struggled for years to force students to use library databases and we will struggle for many more years. I have a small confession to make, I first go to Google and will only refer to my university database when there is an embargo on an article or the full text is not available on Google and this is for my PhD research. I remember when I was coordinating a Document Delivery Division I found all the requested articles full text on Google without having to login to the library catalog. What I am trying to say is that librarians are the downfall to our profession. We think we know it all and we think we are the custodians of knowledge. If that is true why can’t we sell what we believe in? Why do we still use the word “advocate” for libraries in the late 21st century when it should be evident what we are doing?

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