This presentation from PLA 2008 was designed to help librarians challenge the status quo and try to think outside our comfort zones. It’s a thought experiment. The PowerPoint presentation is here: http://whatiflibs.wetpaint.com/
1. What if we stopped cataloging?
Guided social tagging?
2. What if we participated fully with the FBI in all criminal investigations that involved the use of library materials?
3. What if librarians individually and as a profession promoted, used, and helped develop Wikipedia?
4. What if all libraries invested together in open source solutions as a way of being in control of the customer experience?
5. What if we embraced our inner geek and created alternated reality games and promoted cults of library junkies?
6. What if we required all library staff to have expertise using tech?
7. What if mistakes were expected and embraced, and librarians became the mistake masters?
Get rid of “retribution.”
Mistake of the Week award.
8. What if we didn’t make decisions based on fear of and/or in scarcity.
The old model is based on scarcity – librarian as gatekeeper. What if we used a new model based on connecting people with content based on abundance and ubiquity – librarian as guide.
9. What if we stopped being passive aggressive.
10. What if we didn’t make our customers work so hard?
Books to Read
- A Leader's Guide to Reflective Practice - Judy Brown
- Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts - Carol Tavris
- The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google - Nicholas Carr