Respond to Facilitating Knowledge Creation Question 3

3)    Tell us what type of librarian or information professional you would like to be!  We will then present you with examples of complications you will face based on the four facets of facilitating knowledge creation. Feel free to post problems you feel your area may have, or solutions to the problems of others.

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  • Matthew Gunby

    This is the second thread I have started without actually being in 511.  I’m not sure whether that should be cause for me to apologize or be exalted, but sorry if I have stepped outside of my appropriate role.  While I am unsure whether I would like to be a public or academic librarian, I will say that I am gung ho about entering into the public arena, please inform me of all the complications this will incur, so I can decide whether to fight through it or flee to the academic arena (where I may also end up fleeing from once I encounter those complications).

    • Erin O’Connell

      I posted a comment yesterday (or so I thought!) but it has not yet shown up.
      Say I were a reference librarian in an inner-city public library….

      • Anonymous

        That’s very specific. HAHA I like it! 

      • Anonymous

        What would you do if you are approached by a teenager who wants to find information on weapons. How do you respond? What is your role as a librarian in this situation? Do you ask another librarian for advice?

    • Anonymous

      Anyone is welcomed post here!! Thanks for joining us! About your case, first of all, the way I look, you don’t seem like to be a quitter. Besides, I don’t think working in any library would end up “complicated”. I am not sure if American library works in the same way, but in China, we do things kind of shifting every department at the first few months and then you make your decision of which department makes you most comfortable. Of course, if that department’s positions are full, you have to make a second choice. And the routine life of a happy librarian starts! We change the world everyday! :P

      • Erin O’Connell

        I really like the idea of working different departments (or even different types of libraries) to see what you like and where you fit. A lot of large corporations offer rotational training/positions so you can see what aspects you enjoy, and I think libraries might benefit from something similar. 

        Though I suppose we ought to be doing this anyway during our program through volunteering, employment, internships, etc. 

        • Erin Lee

          I have found some graduate traineeships that are focused on recent library school graduates and provide training in various parts of the university library on  a rotational basis for a fixed length of time (approx. 2 years) but the only ones I have found are in Australia and England…

  • Rei Becker

    Medical librarian!

    • Anonymous

      So you’re working in a medical library and you’re approached by a first year med student. This student has some experience with scientific research, but her undergrad major was history. She’s tried to do a bit of research on her own, but is feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice, terminology in the journals, and a new citation style. In order to facilitate this student’s research, which of the four means of facilitation would you focus on?  How would you help?

  • Jess G

    Concluding Remarks:

    The conversation in response to
    question three brought up a lot of interesting situations and topics. We
    learned that in China once you start a job you switch in and out of different
    departments until you find one where you are most comfortable and that idea was
    well received by those following the discussion. It would be nice to check out
    different departments before settling down in on that you would not be able to
    shift out of. For example, you start your career as a medical librarian, but
    realize you would rather be a children’s librarian and run story hour… it was
    would be a hard switch to make. It would have been nice to be able to experience different departments to get actual on the job-experience being making such an important decision. Asking about what situation you might find
    yourselves in the future if you worked in an inner-city library or in a medical
    library led to more questions about what might arise in said situation. As a
    librarian we will have to learn to be flexible and be able adjust to the different
    situations that our communities will bring to our libraries and learn to
    adjust how we run the reference interview to apply to the member who is doing
    the asking.