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Librarians before, librarians now, librarians next

22 Apr

Here is a prezi I just made – it’ll take you literally 2 minutes to go through it. Works best on Full Screen mode.

There’s nothing really new in the presentation above – it just illustrates a little epiphany I had about The Gate. I’ve been thinking the role of the librarian as gatekeeper is completely dead – but it hasn’t occurred to me till today that in effect we’ll be manning (and womanning) the other side of the gate. The gate used to have a certain status, a certain gravitas to it – we, the librarian, hold the key to knowledge; come to us and we will let you through (probably). Now the gate is open and people can go through as they please to a large extent – no need to apply to us for permission to enter, just help yourself online. But in future as information perpetuates to such an extent that the diamonds are almost impossible to find in the avalanche of rough, perhaps the old gate will be dusted off and rehung on its hinges. And this time we librarians will be trying to hold back the flood of information, and just letting the legitimate and valued resources leak through to the people on the other side of the gate.

-thewikiman

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  • Ned Potter April 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Blogged: Librarians before, librarians now, librarians next http://bit.ly/hIc5lZ

  • Mylee Joseph April 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    RT @theREALwikiman: Librarians before, librarians now, librarians next http://bit.ly/gGxEel

  • librarianry April 22, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    This reminds me of the article on The Atlantic during the SXSW event: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/03/sxsw-2011-the-year-of-the-librarian/72548/. It’s great that the profession’s importance is being seen valuable in other avenues.

  • thewikiman April 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Oh wow, that’s a great article – I hadn’t spotted that, thanks!

  • Ned Potter April 23, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Little prezi: Librarians before, librarians now, librarians next http://bit.ly/gGxEel

  • Sarah Stamford April 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    I wonder if you heard or have read about Cameron Naylor’s talk at UKSG conference this year, entitled “The gatekeeper is dead, long live the gatekeeper”?
    Also, I’ve been thinking about this will work at a time when library budgets are being cut. I have a suspicion that ebook publishing may divide into free online texts and those (eg textbooks) sold to individual students. I’m wondering where librarians will fit in.

  • Bobbi Newman April 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    RT @theREALwikiman: Little prezi: Librarians before, librarians now, librarians next http://bit.ly/gGxEel

  • thewikiman April 24, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Sarah, that sounds right up my street. Do you know if Cameron Naylor has made it available online anywhere? Will have a poke around on Google, thanks for the heads-up.

  • Ned Potter April 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    @CameronNeylon Hey, someone commented on this http://bit.ly/gGxEel that I should check out your 'Gatekeeper' slides – interesting stuff!

  • Ned Potter April 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    For anyone who has been offline over the weekend etc, and who is interested, here's my Easter prezi http://bit.ly/gGxEel

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