Thursday, September 14, 2006

How librarianship has changed, according to Joyce Valenza

Liblogarian Joyce Valenza, who graduated from library school in 1976, shares her perspective on how (a librarian's) life has changed since she left library school. She sums it up in a very neat chart, on things like "Most Used Reference Sources", "How We Most Often Communicate", "Reference Service", "How we find out about Books and Other Materials", "How We Get News". Worth checking it out. Great chart for discussion.

BTW, I learnt about her post via Doug Johnson, who also shares his views on the issue.

Mm, 1976... that's 30 years since Joyce completed her library degree (Joyce must be what?... in her late-40s?)

I've only been in the profession for 10 years. I'll have to wait for another 20 years before I create a chart like Joyce's. Heh. Looking at Joyce's chart, it's clear that librarianship is an ever-evolving profession, but I suppose that's true for any profession nowadays.

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