As you can guess from the title of this post I a was not quite sure what to call it. I wasn’t sure actually what I wanted to write about, so thus you get this.
My Editor-In-Chief, and I were discussing employment, job descriptions and career paths the other day, and she said that she thought I had found the path that I was passionate about. Never before in my professional life had I thought about or brought so much work home. It was nice that she recognised something that I had been thinking for a while about. Since taking up blogging, and really engaging in the technical and social media side of librarianship, I have come to think I have really found the area in which I want to put down my professional roots. Having found that core part of my career that really engages me, I have also discovered that other parts of Librarianship and the management of libraries has reopened themselves to me. It’s quite thrilling really.
Seeing that brought back to the fore of my mind an idea that has been percolating around for a while. What we need here in New Zealand is a New Zealand equivalent. Sure there is the LIANZA Conference and The National Digital Forum, but one of these events is a large broad spectrum conference with a focus on all forms of Librarianship, and the other is across complementary professions. What we need, well I think anyway, is a small event. It doesn’t have to be many days, or particularly large, or even complex. Maybe a weekend foocamp type structure could work. I even had a radical, or maybe ridiculous, idea of having a tech free environment for part of it, but let that go as being edgy for the sack of edginess. This event could be aimed squarely at the burgeoning community Internet librarians that are developing our institutions, where they/we could gather and really chew the fat over the latest goings on in cyberspace.
I had thought of seeing what the Ikaroa committee thought of it, but decided not to as it’s more a ITsig sort of gig. But then I’m not a member of ITsig (which may have to be rectified), so wasn’t confident in putting it forward to them. As a by the way, how many people are members of multiple sig’s? I am a member of Pubsig, but could quite happily also join Catsig and IT sig…
So what do you think?
I will leave you with this video I spotted on The Proverbial Lone Wolf Librarians Blog’s, which is the evolution of Twitter visualise, a Twitter code swarm. An no I am not sure what you get from watching it, but it is cool.