In the School Library Journal, Joyce Kasman Valenza and Doug Johnson have compiled a great list of “Things That Keep Us Up at Night” and it’s a wonderful wake up call for those of us who might be sitting on the fence about some things. It’s especially great for a library graduate student like myself to see what they consider some of the current big issues.
I guess I like it so much because it’s sure to cause some arguments. Heck, it already has.
But that’s why I’m so excited to enter this field. It is forever changing and librarians always adapt (or, I suppose, get left behind). It’s wonderful to talk with members of the profession who have been at it since before their school even had one computer, let alone the banks of them we have now and have embraced and are excited by these changes. They still do wonderful story times and dictionary lessons–but now they publish in blogs and wikis and show their students and staff how to connect beyond the walls of the library. We can never imagine where these changes will take us next. What will the profession be like in 18, 25, 30 years? Who knows? But I know one thing. There will always be more information and there will always be a need for those who can help to find, evaluate and share it.
Can’t wait to see where we go next.
What keeps you up at night? What do you think can be done about it?