Dangerous Statements for Librarians to Make

I got this from the ALA email list…

Doug Johnson writes: “An online workshop I took April 19 made me think a little about how librarians can be their own worst enemies. I am not convinced that the profession as a whole is in a crisis, but I suspect a lot of librarians may be. I shudder when I hear certain phrases uttered. Here are 21 dangerous statements, off the top of my head.”…
Blue Skunk Blog, Apr. 21

1. But the school HAS to have a librarian/library.

2. The research proves that libraries improve student achievement. (Subtext: So I don’t have to.)

3. Kids can’t come into the library at _________ time…
– because I have work to do
– because I might need to step out and they would be unsupervised
– because it is MY library and what I say, goes.
– because I need 4 weeks in the fall and spring to get it ready/shut it down
– (Subtext: Because they annoy me.)

Read more…


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on May 6, 2010, in Advice to New Librarians, Libraries and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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