Every agreement of the Map was covered at some level in the Threads section of the Atlas. However, for the purposes of space and creating a narrative flow, information on some agreements was left out. This is also due to the fractal nature of knowledge first raised as part of the “Ability to Work in Interdisciplinary Teams” agreement in the “Librarians” Thread, where any agreement could be explored to an almost infinite depth. The end result is this set of supplements, where additional information, citations, thoughts, and/or examples are given.
These supplements serve three purposes. The first is as an index for the Atlas. Looking up each agreement, you can find out where it is on the Map, as well as where it is discussed in the Threads. The second purpose is as appendices to the Threads, with additional ideas, citations, examples, and, in some cases, whole essays related to some agreements. The third purpose, and perhaps the most important in the long term, is as a conversation starting point. As new ideas, studies, examples, questions, and answers are developed throughout the life of the Atlas, they can initially be added to the Agreement Supplements and later, if appropriate, into the Threads.
Not all agreements in the Threads or this supplement are equally fleshed out or of equal weight. I’ll remind you that the Atlas is not an encyclopedia of librarianship. If anything, the supplements are more like Wikipedia—stub records waiting for further discussion and elaboration.
These agreements are not written to be read in a linear way. There is no attempt to have one agreement flow into one another—that is accomplished through Threads. In fact, I have organized agreements alphabetically specifically to avoid the resemblance to some sort of hierarchical classification system. You could, and should, take these agreements and organize them in your own system (technically an entailment mesh) and even swap out my agreements with your own. This structure also allows me (or you) to add new agreements or refined agreements as this new view of librarianship evolves.
Each agreement supplement will have:
- Title The agreement title used in the Map and the Threads.
- Map Location Coordinates to the agreement on the Map.
- Thread Location Page numbers that point to a discussion of the agreement in the threads.
- Scape A graphical representation of the context of the agreement. Related agreements are shown centered on the current agreement.
In addition, some supplements will contain more information such as:
- Author/Contributor The author of a supplement or the person who provided the bulk of the content for the agreement. If there is no one listed, I am to blame for the content.
- Agreement Description A narrative discussion of the agreement.
- Conversation Starters Questions to consider related to the agreement.
- Related Artifacts Articles, books, presentations, data-collection instruments, and other materials that relate to the agreement or can deepen the understanding of the agreement. Take special note that not all resources cited agree with positions in the Atlas. They are provided as general background.
So the best way to proceed from this point is to read through the Threads if you haven’t already. When you hit an idea in the Thread that either doesn’t make sense or needs a more thorough discussion, look it up in these agreements. Within the Threads, you’ll have a sense of what is waiting for you here by looking for the symbol “*” and the accompanying bolded footnote.
New and proposed Agreement Supplements not in the printed Atlas are noted with this icon
ABILITY TO WORK IN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMS
AMBIGUITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR PROFESSIONAL WORK
AUTHORITATIVE VS AUTHORITARIAN
AVOIDING THE FLORENTINE DILEMMA
BACHELOR OF INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
COMMUNITY AS COLLECTION
CREATING A NEW SOCIAL COMPACT
CREATING AN AGENDA
CURRICULUM OF COMMUNICATION AND CHANGE OVER TRADITIONAL IDEAS OF LEADERSHIP
DEATH OF DOCUMENTS
DEMOCRACY AND OPENNESS OVERSHADOWED BY TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES LIBRARIANS SERVE
EVERY COURSE HAS SYMPOSIA AND PRACTICA
EVOLUTION OF INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEMS
EVOLUTION OF SYSTEMS
EVOLUTION OF THE SOCIAL COMPACT
FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA
FROM AUTHORITY TO RELIABILITY
FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
GETTING PAST THE L V I DEBATE
GO TO THE CONVERSATION
GROWING IMPORTANCE OF TWO WAY INFRASTRUCTURE
IMPORTANCE OF A WORLDVIEW
IMPORTANCE OF ACTION AND ACTIVISM
IMPORTANCE OF TECHNICAL SKILLS
IMPORTANCE OF THEORY AND DEEP CONCEPTS
INCREASE FRICTION IN THE PROCESS
INNOVATION VERSUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP
INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED LIBRARIANSHIP IDEA
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AND SAFETY
INTELLECTUALLY HONEST NOT UNBIASED
INTERNET MODEL EXAMPLE
INVEST IN TOOLS OF CREATION OVER COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS
ISSUES OF INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES
KNOWLEDGE IS CREATED THROUGH CONVERSATION
LIBRARIES ARE IN THE KNOWLEDGE BUSINESS THEREFORE THE CONVERSATION BUSINESS
LIMITATIONS OF TAGGING
MEANS OF FACILITATION
MEMBERS NOT PATRONS OR USERS
NEED FOR AN EXECUTIVE DOCTORATE
NEED FOR AN EXPANDED DEFINITION OF LITERACY
NEED TO EXPAND THE EDUCATIONAL LADDER
OBLIGATION OF LEADERSHIP
PRESSURE FOR PARTICIPATION
PUBLISHER OF COMMUNITY
RECOGNIZE A SCHOOL AS A PARTICIPATORY NETWORK
RELATION TO OTHER DOMAINS
RISKS OF DATA
SCHOOL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
SELECTIVE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION
SERVICE IS NOT INVISIBILITY
SHARED SHELVES WITH THE COMMUNITY
SHIFT IN INNOVATION FROM ACADEMY TO UBIQUITY
SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES
SOCIAL NETWORK SITES
THE MISSION OF LIBRARIANS IS TO IMPROVE SOCIETY THROUGH FACILITATING KNOWLEDGE CREATION IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
TOPICAL CENTERS WITH CURRICULUM
TRANSITION OF TRADITIONAL SKILLS
TRUE FACILITATION MEANS SHARED OWNERSHIP
TRULY DISTRIBUTED DIGITAL LIBRARY
VITAL ROLES OF MENTORS