Yesterday evening, U.S. Archivist David Ferriero delivered the I.P. Sharp Lecture, hosted by the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. His talk was entertaining and interesting. The final third of his speech discussed the modern world of Library, Archive and Museum careers, stating that it “takes a village” of professional skills. Here’s a picture I took of his slide:
David also referred to an article authored by Thomas Friedman that appeared in the New York Times in February 2014. The article, entitled “How to Get a Job at Google“, describes the attributes and attitudes that Google, arguably the most successful Internet company to date, looks for when hiring. For those of you not willing to read the entire article, here are the top five hiring attributes:
- Learning Ability
- Emergent Leadership
- Intellectual Humility
I think that these are skills that not only contribute to a successful career, but also a successful life. And, they are attributes that take a lifetime to perfect.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) reports that Library and Archives Canada has revised it’s controversial Code of Conduct. The revised code is an improvement on the restrictions the previous code made on LAC employees, which restricted how they were permitted to express their thoughts and opinions, both professionally and privately.
While the revised code is less restrictive, employees are still strongly encouraged to report on (aka rat out) employees who do not comply with the code, which is less than ideal. The good news is that as a result of public scrutiny, LAC revised the code. Thanks to many – including Myron Groover (aka @Bibliocracy) – for raising your voices on this issue.
Learn more about this issue:
- Federal librarians fear being “muzzled” under new code of conduct that stresses ‘duty of loyalty’ to the government – March 2013
- CLA Statement re: LAC Code of Conduct – March 2013
- Contempt for Values: The controversy over Library and Archives Canada’s Code of Conduct – May 2013
- LAC’s Revised Code of Conduct - December 2013
iSchool @ UToronto Sr. Fellow, Wendy Newman, is the creator and instructor for the iSchool’s first ever MOOC.
Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, evidence, action
Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!
About this Course
How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential about libraries and librarians, today and tomorrow? How can library members and all who support the mission of 21st-century librarianship raise the profile and support of these timeless values and services, and ensure universal access to the universe of ideas in all our communities? This course is based on what works. We’ll take an inspired, strategic, evidence-based approach to advocacy for the future of strong communities – cities, villages, universities and colleges, research and development centres, businesses, and not-for-profits.
The course will include:
- Values and transformative impacts of libraries and librarianship.
- Research on current perceptions of libraries and librarians.
- Role of relationships in advocacy.
- Principles of influence and their impact on advocacy.
- Strategic thinking and planning in advocacy.
- Effective communication: messages, messengers, and timing.