Jenica Rogers (@jenica26) is the Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She also writes the always interesting Attempting Elegance blog. Recently she posted a series about the nature of librarians entitled: Killing Fear.
If you are a librarian or aspire to be a librarian or want to understand librarians.
Read this. Simply remarkable.
There are eight posts in the series:
But to jump to the conclusion, here is how she ends the series:
And so my point, as I suspect you can see, is that if we want to do something remarkable with libraries, information literacy, access to information, data, and research, preservation and digitization, and all the potential that we see out there… we have to act. Not react. We do not want to model ourselves after the dying reactive archetypes of the old information economy. They are simply providing us with bad examples of what happens when the fearful try to replicate the past, mire themselves in the present, and control the future.
Think farther, think further. Then acknowledge your fear of doing that, and move past it, and move. Do something. Be better. Be more. Be remarkable.