“The Librarian, whose job is to heal ignorance, to keep life safe for poetry and to put knowledge smack dab in the middle of the American way.” (From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03)
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“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
My name is Jacquie Henry. Currently, I am the former librarian at Ruben A. Cirillo High School in Walworth, New York. Being a librarian has always been fun. But Web 2.0 technologies are make library jobs more exciting every day.
But wait a minute – isn’t the internet a threat to librarians? Now that everyone “Googles” – who needs librarians? Whenever someone says this, I wonder if the person has been inside a library lately. Libraries are busier than ever.
Librarians have always been guides in the print world. We are “idea people”. Our mission is to bring people and ideas together. It does not matter whether those ideas are in the form of a book, a video, a web page, an electronic database, an ebook, a blog or a podcast.
Mostly, librarians CARE about people. Yes – technology is fun, but sometimes it can get in the way. Bottom line – librarians understand that no matter how cool the technology is – it is worth nothing if “real” people can’t use it. So we create road maps to help folks access and understand the information they need – regardless of which tech highway they happen to be on at the moment.
Why Did I Start This Blog?
- As a “hands on” way to learn about blogging
- As a way to communicate with teachers
- As a way to share ideas with other librarians
- As a way to “think out loud!”
Why Did I Name It Wanderings?
As time goes on, I may discover even more reasons to blog. Or I may discover that I do not have the time or inclination to make the necessary commitment. I may wander off in another direction completely – so the title “Wanderings” is probably quite appropriate…..
Jacquie Henry, MLS