October 28, 2008

Bridging Ages of Librarianship

I had a great time at the Bridging Worlds Conference and spent some amazing vacation days in Cambodia and Malaysia, so I’m late following up on my conference promise to post a link to the slides for my talk Librarian 2.0: New Breed or Just Another Day at the Office? (12.2MB PDF). Please note that these slides are more current than the ones on the conference site. I’ll find out about posting the accompanying paper, too.
The conference itself was wonderful (the organizers did a good job), and I was especially pleased to meet in person:

I also highly recommend playing any of Brian Kelly’s conference speaker games if you ever get the chance. :-)

For those of you who asked for links, the two major papers I discussed in my talk are Fiat Lux, Fiat Latebra: A Celebration of Historical Library Functions (which details “The Seven Ages of Librarianship”) by D. W. Krummel and Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation by David Lankes. Both of these gentlemen did all of the heavy lifting for illustrating how we’re moving into an eighth age of librarianship (“participatory librarianship”), and Scott Nicholson connected the dots for me while discussing the historical context of gaming in libraries.
As for pictures, it’s going to take me a couple of weeks to cull and label the 5GB of shots I took (especially since GLLS2008 starts this weekend!), but they’ll eventually appear on my my Flickr account. Thank you to everyone who helped make this one of the most amazing trips of my life.

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