The Academic Library in Times of Change

Action Speaks, Identity Creeps: How to Let Go of the Past and Become an Agent of Change

April 15, 2018
10:10  -  11:10
Grand Salon

Session Category :  Engaging in Practice 

In theory, we all believe change is necessary and good. In practice, it can be difficult to let go of library services, professional roles, and organizational structures that no longer serve us or our communities. This kind of change requires suspension of professional beliefs, encouragement for risk-taking, shared understanding of communities, and new ways of developing and reviewing our practice. However monumental such change may be, it is not insurmountable. We owe it to ourselves, our communities, and our legacy to leap into the unknown where everything becomes possible again. During this practice session, we will explore and discuss the models and mindsets that influence our professional practice and how they can be made flexible and adaptable in order to advance new functions and purposes for libraries in the academy. Together, we will question deeply-held beliefs that govern professional identities while uncovering approaches for localized, community-driven, and transformative librarianship.