Post #5: Librarian’s Manifesto
I just came across an interesting blog post by Laura Cohen, on her blog, Library 2.0: An Academic’s Perspective. The blog post is called A Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto. In it, she has 17 points on things that she will do in her library. Some of my favorites include “I will be courageous about proposing new services and new ways of providing services, even though some of my colleagues will be resistant.”, “I will avoid requiring users to see things in librarians’ terms but rather will shape services to reflect users’ preferences and expectations.”, and “I will let go of previous practices if there is a better way to do things now, even if these practices once seemed so great.”
These three points in Cohen’s manifesto are especially important, because we must strive to provide the best services we can to our patrons. If we propose new services, and new ways of providing services, we will continue to prove the relevance and importance of the library to our community. Shaping the services we provide to patrons to reflect their preferences and expectations will go a long way in showing patrons that we are here for them. We cannot continue to do something just because that’s the way it’s always been done. If we can find a better way, we should not be afraid to change our current practices.
As a future librarian, I will remember Cohen’s manifesto, and use it to shape the way I serve patrons.