On 2 February I went to Sheffield for the second time in my life. The first time was to meet a librarian working with homeless people, this time to attend a library camp. I saw people I hadn’t seen in a while which was nice, and met new colleagues who I hope to see again.
Here are some notes on the session I attended. I don’t necessarily agree with all statements that follow.
Are librarians self-obsessed? led by @shibshabs
YES! This sessions proves it. 😉
Some questions and comments that came up during the discussion:
- There us a difference between self-obsessed and library-obsessed
- People want info, not see you!
- It is good to be self-obsessed because it shows you’re taking an interest in your career and take part in the “save libraries” discussion.
- Are librarians so vocal out of fear? Self-justification! Defensiveness?
- Should this energy be channelled into promoting the organisation you work for and which tools are useful to share with the general public?
- Does it just feel like librarians are self-obsessed because of twitter and being in an echochamber?
- Other professions: it’s more obvious what a nurse or soldier does than what librarians (can) do < skills needed less obvious
- Underemployed people might have more time to navel-gaze.
- People are more prone to be self-obsessed early on in their careers. “Role models” are not helping by being very vocal and visible and telling young librarians that they need to be the same. < high expectations
- Which other professions give up a day for something like library camp?
- embrace the stereotypes
- being relevancy across
- get involved with non-library things to show relevance, e.g. social media surgeries
- go where users are < “library crusade”?
- does librarianship attrcat self-reflective people?
- can you only progress if you blog, tweet, etc?? < they are tools! Not everyone agreed that being “out there” helps progression
- you can’t judge a personal by their social media presence – but many do
- competitiveness: you need to “produce” yourself
- benefits of direct contcat via social media (less hierarchical)
- “levels of stalking” – use social media to see what people say about your organisation
- we assume that others will be as excited as we are about our passions – different if you’re blogging etc. for an organisation rather than yourself
- where does the pressure for social media presence come from? < celebrity culture?
- distinguish private and professional
Leadership an d management, led by @sarahcchilds
- good vs. bad managers
- different skills for different management tasks, e.g. vision or people management
- is training on management issues lacking in public libraries?
- are managers getting to their position by default?
- “freedom within boundaries” a favoured style
- “open door” policy vs. “back to the floor”: what works?
- people don’t know each other on different levels/scales/floors
- cross-site organisation can add difficulties
- culture change needed in some places
- lean project management
Jobseeking help in libraries, led by @shedsue
- Knowledge Hub: https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/ – share what you know
- people are referred from Job Centre < lack of skills, e.g. IT
- partnerships needed
- “Networking for work” resources: http://networkingforwork.org.uk/
- how can you evaluate success of jobseeking help?
- example from Leeds Libraries: link
- example from Manchester Libraries: link
In the pub