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Save the date! Librarians' Community Conversation

Thanks for everyone who responded about choosing a date for the Librarians' Community Conversation. Here is the Date and Time: Monday Sept. 9th, 7-10pm

  • Location:  TBA. I'm still keen to solicit offers from anyone with a livingroom in, say, Vancouver or Burnaby who has room for about a dozen people and would love to host the evening. You won't have to do much work! Let me know by this Thursday (August 1st) if you think you could do this. Otherwise, I can ask the SFU PublicSquare to book us a room on one of their campuses. I think Harbour Centre would be our first choice.

  • Next Steps (aka "Here's the fun part!"): Let's build a discussion list.  Everyone suggest two things that they find really enlightening, useful, or elucidating and that helps us understand knowledge, learning, and taking-action in society: a book, site, video, audio, or what-have-you. Nominate one thing that's specific to our particular topic. The more specific the better. The other thing you choose can be as big-picture as you want. The bigger-picture the better.
  • No one has time to read, watch, or listen to all of these. Some of us probably won't even have time to read anything extra, I suspect. But this ersatz reading list will help us frame the conversation we're going to have. Please just add a comment to this article with your suggestions.

  • One more thing: why am I posting things for you all on this website? Since I am communicating with some of you on Facebook and some on Twitter there's no easy place to get us all communicating together and since I have this website, I figure this works. If you want to suggest a better online venue for us to communicate before the event, let me know. Thanks!

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#1 Christina 2014-03-18 05:09
Ok, I had a bit of time to read the SFU document which, frankly, reduces a number of complex phenomenon to an eerily government-like agenda. I take issue with it because it shelves social issues under the broader notion of the 'economy'. Anyhow, I think we should also talk about the effects of working in a profession that does not always consider the ramifications of its own decisions or analyzing the effects of certain practices. By understanding how we, as librarians, make decisions, we might better understand how to fortify our libraries in ways that support a diverse population that is increasingly under financial strain and asked to comment (I fear that is all the power we have as citizens) on issues that may forever alter our resources, environment and competitiveness in the global marketplace. I think, we need to begin seeing our role as something more profound than providing access to information and this will be the 'new' librarianship. Its effects could mean that we take more of a leadership role in activities relating to more substantial and influential contributions to our communities. Very non traditional stuff!
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