Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Plight of the Solo Digital Librarian

Technology is a big deal in libraries today. I am going to assume that this is not a controversial statement. With rapidly changing technological standards, a general shift toward digital and away from analog, and more of us librarians-in-training leaning toward the techie side of things, it can be overwhelming out there in the world. I came across this article, linked to by iLibrarian. Jane Monson, a 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa, now works at Truman State University’s Pickler Memorial Library in Kirksville, MO. She writes about lessons that she has learned as a solo digital librarian. It's a nice read for all of us, as it puts into perspective the kinds of things we learn in school and how they can apply to a real world setting. The article is framed in terms of lessons that Monson learned in her first year on the job - good lessons for all of us to keep in mind as we enter the job market.

In other news, with all of the excitement happening here in Madison, the LibGuides workshop and Michael Witmore's lecture have both been postponed to later dates. We will keep you all posted about their rescheduling.

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