(re)Imagine, (re)Invent, (re)Innovate

Today I submitted the final documents for my e-Portfolio, which were approved by my advisor. I am so relieved to have finished this very long, but very rewarding journey to fulfill my dreams of becoming an educated person. Ultimately, this degree will enable me to work professionally as a librarian. Despite the economy and the budget cuts libraries are facing, I am thrilled to be a member the library profession. I have met so many wonderful people along the way.

The role of the librarian has not changed much, and that is to connect people with information. People will always need information and it is up to libraries to provide access to it, so I don’t see libraries going away. They just might look a little different than what we are used to seeing. But this is no surprise, as libraries have been changing and responding to new technology for hundreds of years. The only difference for today’s libraries is that technological change has a much faster turnover than before.

Often referred to as disruptive technologies, these changes are disrupting what librarians like to call traditional library services, forcing them take a hard look at their business models. Words like reimagine, repurpose, and reinvent, are words I keep hearing repeated over and over in meetings and at conferences. This is a good thing. Every organization must periodically examine and prove its value to its customers. It needs to provide a service that people need or want. Libraries that anticipate the needs and wants of its customer base and respond with creative solutions will survive. Librarians who do the same will be the ones who take libraries into the future.

Through the wall

I have finally reached that point where I feel like I will finish this e-Portfolio. What a huge thing to undertake, but knowing that so many other students have done this, I had to believe it was possible. I have 13 Competencies submitted and passed, and now have to complete one final Competency, the Intro, Philosophy and Conclusion. Four students in my class have finished as of today.

So, on to the more serious stuff. Baking cookies. I’ve decided to bake some peanut butter cookies using peanut flour. These are gluten free, but I’m using eggs and butter this time. The recipe is a creation of Zoe Francois from zoebakes.com.

And here they are. These cookies turned out a little dense, chewy, and not overly sweet, but very good–and with the peanut butter and peanut flour, they’re high in protein…and fat and calories, too. A glass of milk is a must with these cookies. I didn’t like these cookies enough, so I do not plan to make this recipe again.

On the Transistion to Resource Description and Access (RDA)

Resource Description and Access: A Proposal on the Decision to Implement a New Cataloging Standard for a Public Library
by Loretta Staal
August 12, 2010

Change is nothing new to libraries and library catalogs. As long as libraries have existed, they have been challenged with constantly evolving formats and newly emerging technologies. To keep up with and adapt to this state of constant change, a reexamination, or even a shaking up, of current practice and philosophy has to periodically take place. The description and organization of library collections has undergone major modifications throughout the history of librarianship. Codes and rules have been developed and rewritten to stay current with the goals of libraries. And central to the mission of librarianship is the focus on the user and his or her ability to access a library’s collection. Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new cataloging standard developed to support the various digital formats in which information is delivered. RDA is also capable of supporting the emerging technologies that are yet unknown. Continue reading “On the Transistion to Resource Description and Access (RDA)”