Before I tuned into the librarian conversation community via social networks and the biblioblogosphere, I heard whispers of conversation from live librarians. My library mentors and advisers at Dominican University hinted that the future of libraries would include Library 2.0. They were right-on!
In September, Michael Stephens’ voice resounded through computer audio via an electronic Elluminate classroom. My classmates and I were part of a discussion about a prophetic and evolving philosophy in libraries and education: the library is human! The future is human! There is no new voice for the library. 21st century librarians listen. There is wisdom in the collective human!
With Michael Stephens as a guide through LIS 768 my classmates and I have become more comfortable with an unconventional model of learning, working, and sharing. We collaborated and communicated using new technologies (Google Docs, Skype, Drupal Gardens, blogs, and social networks) and we were gifted with the thirst and the skills to discover emerging technologies and information that library patrons could also utilize (RSS feeds, wikis, and mobile technologies). Although we only met in person a few times, I knew I could find help in the LIS 768 online community (via twitter, email, the class site, and other novel 2.0 tools). I always felt connected and supported, which helped me better understand how librarians can support and empower library patrons.
Through LIS 768, I have discovered that 21st century librarians journey down an interconnected and interdisciplinary path. Librarians may live in different places and have diverse interests, but we can all meet online to collaborate (with patrons and non-patrons) and improve the library community. Having completed this course, I know that I can never stop learning. The world is perpetually changing – so must libraries. Humanity is continuously learning – so must librarians!
Michael Stephens models best practice for 21st century librarians as transparent educators. Our class was prepared to experiment, make mistakes, and discover. LIS 768 demonstrates that innovation can be achieved through collaborative, trusting, loving leadership.
#LIS768 can’t w8 2 collabor8 in the online library-verse! “See” u l8r!