Librarian’s First ALA Annual Conference Impressions…07.16.09
The Librarian By Day has given a concise overview or “wrap-up” of her experience at her first annual ALA conference which is worth a read (points bolder are mine):
“…Expect to see at least some of these as full blog posts when I’ve got my thoughts in line.
You may not have signed up for this job but it’s the job you have deal with it
Admins and managers let your staff go, the worse that could happen is that you have a failed project you learn something from
These technologies are not a magic wand, you shouldn’t just have a blog to have a blog, you need to do what your community needs, have a plan a strategy, don’t just jump in without knowing where you’re going
How long have we had computers? Why do you still have staff who are intimidated by computers, why did you hire them? Why are they still working there?
We don’t have any problem doing what we’ve always done, but if we don’t do anything more than we’ve always done we’re going to be in trouble
Patience is hard to come by for innovators, we see something and want it now, and have made the change before others even see it coming
Get comfortable with ambiguity
Push power down org chart wherever and whenever possible
Don’t try to do too much or some of your projects will rust while pursuing others
Not everyone knows who Darien Library is or what they are doing, look outside your bubble
Library 2.0 never promised anything…”