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Why I Library, and You Should Too
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Professional services not elsewhere classified
Author: Ojala, Marydee
Date: Jul/Aug 2011
Start Page: 5
Pages: 1
Section: home page
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The comment that librarianship is a profession named after a building is hardly new. As technology moves information professionals out of brick-and-mortar libraries, changes physical collections to electronic ones, and reshapes the entire notion of what a library is, the noun librarian is becoming even less appropriate for the profession. For many, information professional is the preferable terminology for librarian. Actual job descriptions bristle with action verbs -- at least the good ones do. If yours doesn't, consider revising it. Action verbs move you outside the walls of the library. As people move the profession out of the building and break free from the constraints of walls, stacks, and shelving units, one must rethink being named after a physical edifice. The work of a librarian is active, not passive. You make library a verb.

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