Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Episode One: Buffy Hamilton

Steve and Buffy discuss "that Seth Godin blog", The Atlas of New Librarianship, and more.

Buffy Hamilton, the Unquiet Librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, GA, is a nineteen year veteran educator and passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for her students.  She is the GAIT/GLMLA School Library Media Specialist of the Year 2010 for the state of Georgia, and her media program was named one of the two exemplary high school media programs in Georgia 2010. Buffy's Media 21 program is an ALA OITP 2011 Cutting Edge Service Award winner, and she is a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She blogs at The Unquiet Librarian and ALA Learning. You can follow her on Twitter @buffyjhamilton.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Episode Zero

I've always liked reading interviews.

My favorite magazine and newspaper articles are interviews. My favorite podcasts are interviews (Teri Gross's Fresh Air and Dan Benjamin's The Pipeline have been among my favs). My favorite blog posts are interviews.  Best of all is when the interview is presented Q&A style; I don't like when it's streamed together as a narrative because it seems like a cheat, like it's falsely presenting the information. I want to know the questions that prompted the answers. I want transparency from my interviewer.

I also want transparency in my profession. Being a librarian means that I have an insatiable curiosity, and I'm especially curious as to how the profession is making its way into the future.  As the world moves into new digital territories, librarians will keep up (we're organizing and filtering information same as we always have, just in a different format). I don't think there are any people within the profession who genuinely believe that libraries are going the way of the dodo, or if there are, they're a dying breed.  However, I do think there are people - too many people - outside the profession who believe that.

But maybe those people just don't understand what we're doing. Maybe they haven't been in a library in years so don't understand the innovative things we have going on, from public libraries to school libraries, academic libraries to special libraries.  Is that their fault or is it our fault for not marketing ourselves better?  I'd say there's blame to be shared.

This show is my meager attempt to get the word out on what we're doing as a profession to remain relevant and to push the boundaries of learning and collating information, getting our ideas out there in the world, circulating them like we circulate our collections.  I hope it will also be enlightening to my fellow librarians to learn more about what other librarians are doing to push the profession forward.  I'll be interviewing librarians and other people relevant to the profession and getting their points of view out to you, the listeners, and I hope that they spark discussions, whether you agree with the interview subject's views or not.

I hope you enjoy the show and that it inspires you to keep circulating your ideas.