I was a keynote speaker for the Colorado Library Association this month. One of the other keynote speakers was Marilyn Johnson, the author of, This Book is Overdue.
Marilyn is a popular speaker for librarians with her warm and inviting way of drawing librarians into her motivational talk.
Some of the gems I picked up from her motivational talk:
The life of a librarian is an exciting one, every day is different as you respond to what comes up. Dealing with the public is always rewarding and difficult so librarians have learned to master communicating and are essential to the information economy.
At the Library everyone wins. A library is one of the only places in the world where you can go and you are not judged; you are helped. Marilyn suggested that the numbers are for the people keeping score and there is no problem a library card can't solve.
There are people who don't know what happens in the library and these are the enemies of the library.
The keynote speaker compelled librarians to apply new tools and technology to old fashioned librarianship. She suggested society needs neutral trained professionals that value every voice and can help patrons navigate this new landscape infested with technology.
Marilyn argues that Librarians are not obsolete in the Google Era, instead they are essential.
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