Saturday, October 20, 2007

Relevance of Academic Librarians

This title is about a topic many in higher education think about these days. Just what exactly do librarians do and why are they important? The academic librarian's role is changing and many are unsure of what the future holds for academic libraries.

I'm a somewhat newer librarian, and a baby boomer. I'm amazed at the technological changes I've seen during the last few years. I believe we are in the midst of a digital revolution. Sometimes it's scary how quickly technology is changing and developing, but mostly it's very exciting. I'm especially excited about the empowerment I feel as a participant in the Web 2.0 community. Social software has literally changed my life. I'm interested in ways to use these technologies in my role as a reference & distance services librarian in higher education.

I plan to share some of my passion for the work I do in this blog. How I'm a librarian by design, meaning that every day I'm learning, assessing, exploring, applying, adapting, sharing and collaborating as I custom design my role as an academic librarian.