Words To Work By

I’m not a fan of manifestos in general. This is primarily because I’m overly sensitive to words, their connotations and meanings. I generally don’t read something and take it at face value – I have to look for hidden meanings and analyze word choices to discover from where someone is coming. To me, manifestos can often seem like high-minded dictates from people who believe that their way is the “right” way (and only way) of doing things – and try to impose that will on others (I don’t like to be told what to do). Admittedly, this is my own bias – which has little to no relevance to anyone else. I also vehemently oppose statements beginning with always or never – life, to me, is all about compromise and shades of gray. Ultimately, I have to remember to somewhat ignore the word manifesto and concentrate on the message.

Fortunately, I was able to do this with Laura Cohen’s A Librarian 2.0’s Manifesto over at Library 2.0: An Academic’s Perspective. In this post, Laura makes 17 vows relating to Library 2.0. I really like how she worded this piece. All of the vows start with “I will . . .” rather than “You shall . . .” As such, the post is not at all dictatorial. It drew me in and made me think. Even more so, it made me want to jump on the bandwagon. This is the kind of librarian that I want to be.

My favorite vow from the post is “I will enjoy the excitement and fun of positive change and will convey this to colleagues and users.” Let’s face it change is difficult – and seems to be even more difficult within libraries. Yet, some of the new developments in the world of social software and technology are exciting. We can make this process fun if we approach it in the right way – and if we don’t figure out how to make these changes positive for our library colleagues, we may not be able to make them happen.

A big thanks to Laura Cohen’s whose words to work by made me more excited about my profession today!!!!!!


2 Responses to Words To Work By

  1. My immediate reaction to Laura Cohen’s post was to think “That’s a credo, not a manifesto.” And I love good credos…

  2. I don’t like manifestos, either. They make me uncomfortable… make me want to avoid them. That’s why I read them and that’s why I write them.

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