“Librarians who think straight are actively engaged in creating the future. They are not trying to protect the past,” declared Stephen Abram, Canada’s 2011 Librarian of the Year and creator of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog.
There are so many different ways to be a librarian in 2011. Where once the field was populated largely by a limited number of more or less predictable job titles, today it encompasses positions focused on trending issues like assessment, digital technologies, outreach, and the first-year experience.
Transliteracy is a trendy word these days, and much like the Web 2.0 debate that took place a few years ago, there are those who question whether or not transliteracy is just a new, fancier term for information literacy.
Three measures related to WikiLeaks were debated and ultimately defeated during the ALA Membership Meeting at Annual Conference amid controversy about the required number of members present throughout the meeting to represent a quorum.
It should be no surprise that a majority of the events I chose to attend at ALA were student focused. As a recent graduate of Florida State University’s School of Library and Information Studies, my primary connection to the profession is through my associations as a student.