Here, again, is my research question for our LIS 768 research paper:
In a Web connected world, how can the librarian 2.0 empower patrons with relevant knowledge?
Below is an excerpt from the literature review of my research paper. I still have to decide how to construct the contextual narrative behind this:
Ultimately, the goal of the librarian 2.0 is to work with patrons in contextualizing information (Beagle, 1999, p. 88). In best case scenarios, patrons will convert contextualized information to knowledge and apply that knowledge to demonstrate wisdom in their actions (Gradmann, 2010). This has the potential to benefit individuals and empower leaders to speak out and collaborate to address local community issues (Bajaj, 2010) and build stronger ties between community members (Pigg and Crank, 2004, p. 69) to increase enthusiasm about improving the community.
Librarians can help their library community sustain a diverse, collaborative, safe, and compassionate environment (experiential and experimental) by leading patrons to different opinions and stories – good stories – “stories that spread” (Godin, 2008, p. 16) and community outreach (LaRue, 2007, p. 97). Using emerging and evolving social media tools (Kroski, 2009), the online conversation librarian can ensure “that the library is both participant in the conversation… and facilitator of conversation” (Lankes, Silverstein, and Nicholson, 2007, p. 18). What type of conversation? Conversation that embraces diversity (Bajaj, 2009), empowers individuals with skills to acquire and share knowledge and wisdom (Shuhuai et al., 2009, p. 255), and fosters collaboration between diverse individuals – each with unique information needs (Franks and Tosko, 2007, p. 114).
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