I am to give a presentation to some of CUNY’s librarians in less than two days. When I spoke with my host, Steve Ovadia (he is a librarian and also a blogger) about the content of my presentation a few weeks ago, I said I would base it largely on my presentation this past May to k12 educators, Open Technology Solutions for K-12 Education. I also said I would talk about the then upcoming K12 Open Minds Conference.
However, as I started to put together the presentation I found myself creating much new content, much more content than I would have expected, and that content will comprise the core of my presentation:
Written in October:
Written this November:
Written in November as part of the Rabbi Chaim Stern Project:
Of course I can not go over all these posts, nor would I even attempt to do so.
I had a lot of fun writing these posts, and I draw the following conclusions from what I learned writing them:
- Librarians are also educators, but they have their own distinct mission and associated responsibilities
- Librarians are also amongst our key arbiters of authority. I did not fully appreciate this until I wrote these posts, and I think it fair to say it emerged as a dominant theme;
- While librarians face many of the same challenges in learning about and effectively deploying open techologies as do our educators, they have their own unique challenges and responsibilities;
- They need as much help as do our educators, and they are equally fun to learn about and to work with.
I have a two-hour slot, but do plan to spend as little time as I can muster presenting my own thoughts, as I would like to spend most of the time in an open discussion about their view of the challenges they face, and how best they can make use of the available open technologies such as open-source to become more effective in their vital mission.
I hope the presentation is not too far from one of the CUNY libraries, for I have spent many of the best moments of my life in a library, and so would like to visit one of theirs.