The Evolving Librarian: Webinar Recap

Harvard librarian Cheryl LaGuardia recently stopped by to drop some knowledge on the evolving nature of librarianship in the 21st century. No slides, no frills, just two amazing librarians talking about the nature of change, competition from the resources that deliver easy (if not always reliable) information, and what librarians should be doing to stay relevant in the 21st century. Rosemary Meszaros of Western Kentucky University moderates, adding some of her own pithy observations along the way. Some of their discussion touches on:

  • Why most library websites today are turning users off
  • How to take risks and experiment
  • How to coax users toward using sites like Google in a responsible way
  • What social media should mean for the modern librarian

Cheryl shared one of her favorite quotes from a library colleague who said,

“I’d rather see something broken, than dusty.”

Watch the full webinar below:

 

Cheryl is the 2016 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Isadore Mudge award, their highest honor (proudly sponsored by Credo).

We’ve got some great webinars on the horizon; hope to see you there!

  • A Community of Learners: Using Courseware to measure student outcomes and impact retention while building a culture of assessment. Wednesday, October 19, 2:00 PM EST. Presenters: Tiffany Davis and¬†Vivian B. Milczarski, librarians at Mount Saint Mary College.
  • Tips and Trends in Information Literacy. Thursday, October 20, 2:00 PM EST. Featuring an all-star lineup of librarians from several colleges who presented at the Georgia International Information Literacy Conference.
  • LibGuides, Literacy, and Literati. Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 PM EDT. Presenter: Bethany Reisch, librarian at Northshore Technical Community College.