“Old librarian” vs. “New librarian” – Lib. 1.0 vs. Lib. 2.0


I had to chuckle when I saw this post (shown complete).  Although a few of the details may vary slightly here in the U.S. – still a very fun posting. Thanks to our Norwegian friends at Infonatives.


The “old librarian/new librarian” shibboleth

You all know what a shibboleth is, of course; this afternoon I was discussing with colleagues what distinguishes librarian 1.0 from librarian 2.0, here’s the breakdown:

Librarian 1.0

  • Birkenstocks
  • Arts-and-crafts clothing
  • Wristwatches
  • Haircuts of a librarian 1.0 type (hey, let’s not offend anyone)
  • An understanding of what it means to write a bibliography for a subject
  • Experience with gopher

Librarian 2.0

  • Pointy shoes (with heels)
  • Piercings
  • Owning a mobile device (one capable of wifi comms)
  • Haircuts of a librarian 2.0 type (again…)
  • An understanding of what it means to create an OPML file
  • Experience with AJAX

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3 Responses to ““Old librarian” vs. “New librarian” – Lib. 1.0 vs. Lib. 2.0”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    To add to your list of distinguishing features: librarian 2.0 sees service as portable rather than fixed; she/he knows that people are looking for 24/7 access; the customer base is highly mobile. These characteristics have implications for service hours, who works nights and weekends, “where” the library is.

  2. Brad Fish Says:

    Marilyn, I agree with you. I would also add a few other defining characteristics: people as customers and not interruptions, that linking people to needs is about linking people to content. With content described as stories(mystery,bio,thriller,fantasy…) and nonfiction information. That any of the content could be delivered in whatever “format” (books, cd, dvd, streaming, online databses…) the customer feels is most important or necessary. I would also add a view that technology is about “delivering” the correct service for customers in the most friendly and efficient way, not about the latest and greatest new gimmick. And lastly I would add that being open to constant change and being curious and flexible in looking for new solutions to service issues.

  3. brinxmat Says:

    We’ve just successfully completed an in-depth attitudinal study on haircuts and shoes … it might be worth a peek!

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