Librarians Between Cultures: A Call To Celebrate and Cultivate
What does it mean to be "between cultures"? You're ...
- Trapped on the margins between an old world and a fast-changing new one.
- Stifled by old world customs and overwhelmed by new world expectations.
- Worried we might be losing more than we’re gaining.
How can teen librarians celebrate the best of the new world when it comes to stories?
- teens still need and want stories—in songs, video games, movies, television, books, online
- teens expect and demand diversity in stories
- new technology engages a generation that thrives on connections
How can teen librarians cultivate the best of the old world when it comes to stories?
- books make better sense (all five, in fact)
- authors of books share collaborative power with readers
- the magic of the re-read
- finding a voice through new media
- building community and justice with words
- showcasing humor and storytelling via video
- contributing to collaborative fiction (www.figment.com)
- writers still need silence and solitude to create beautiful poetry and meaningful prose
- the depth and shared power of traditional-length books can change the world—and our lives
- the brain needs time to rest from multi-tasking,
How can teen librarians celebrate the best of the new world when it comes to research?
- teens feel confident about finding information
- the internet is fast and user-friendly
- flattening of access to information
- serve as trusted curator in a chaotic world of information overload
- serve as champion of teens without digital access
Master “new world” innovations and language and stay fluent in “old world” customs and values to serve teens with the best of both worlds.