4. Become a BoK Star

In a previous post I listed 24 library leadership qualities that will inspire me to be a loyal follower.

4.  I will follow someone who helps me overcome obstacles.

LIANZA’s professional registration scheme provides (amongst other things) a framework for employers to coach and develop their library and information professional staff.

Many New Zealand librarians who are professionally registered struggle most with just one aspect: identifying relevant learnings across all 11 bodies of knowledge (BoKs) and completing their revalidation journals.

And so in this article, rather than focus on how library leaders can help others overcome obstacles, I thought I’d offer a solution to make it easier for you to overcome one of your biggest obstacles: completing your revalidation journal.

Revalidation does not require large training budgets or attendance at expensive seminars. Readings can be used as the basis of your learning. The Daily News, is a list of library-related stories from New Zealand and around the world, which also includes BoK information, making it easier for professionally registered librarians to quickly locate information to maintain their professional registration.

To illustrate how The Daily News can be used to fill in your revalidation journals I’ve included below the stories from The Daily News: 10 July 2011. Accompanying each link is a short summary of my learnings as it relates to the BoK listed.

New Zealand

  • “Room to Read” launches in New Zealand via @sallyheroes. (BoK3)
    Room to Read aims to reduce poverty in Asian and African countries by educating children through the development of libraries, schools, and donating and publishing local language books. They have identified the nature of their customer base and designed and delivered products to meet their information needs. Room to Read is looking to build a network of volunteers in New Zealand to help support their work. What would a media release about the vision, purpose and benefits of New Zealand libraries look like? Could it be articulated as clearly as this article?

Worldwide

  • A thoughtful and challenging read: Should We Shrink Wrap Our School Libraries? via @librarianbyday. (BoK9)
    A big picture discussion about rethinking libraries, especially school libraries. The article covers three areas: rethinking reading, rewriting the job description, and creating new library spaces. And it also includes practical applications about creating affordable, sustainable alternatives to the management of libraries. The first two areas would be worth exploring further in a New Zealand context (I think we have already progressed a long way towards creating flexible library spaces).
  • Call for papers for Computers in Libraries 2012 – March 2012 (via @LISnews) via @theREALwikiman. (BoK7)
    The focus of Computers in Libraries 2012 is on practices and techniques, technology, and the “secret sauce” or “extra” that creates innovative libraries. As the name suggests, its about understanding and evaluating technology, and its application and relevance to library customers. There is a long list of possible topics which illustrates the depth and breadth of technological applications that can be used to create, package and disseminate information to customers.
  • Filter Failure Can be Fun from @itsjustkate via @ALA_TechSource. (BoK2)
    This article offers a new perspective to the dilemma of the “echo chamber” (the phenomenon by which the explosion of information streams allows us to cherry-pick our media diet so we encounter only news that reinforces our worldview (while evading facts and opinions that contradict it)). Simply being online is no longer enough to make an impact on the lives of our communities, we have to connect on a personal level, as individuals. Information sharing is a by-product of the relationships we have.
  • YES! –>Professional orgs and the power of people via @pcsweeney. (BoK1)
    I filed this article under BoK1 because I think it reinforces the changing role of information and professional associations such as LIANZA. Information doesn’t need to be organised, structured or planned. Information is fluid, dynamic and social. Information is created, shared and valued through participation.
  • Lighthouse: Tags vs. QR Codes from @sabram. (BoK7)
    A comparison between tags and QR codes which makes it easier to understand the merits of each in relation to providing more meaningful services to library customers. I don’t think QR codes are prevalent in mainstream New Zealand but it’s worth keeping an eye on developments in this area.
  • At Tacoma Public Library, a new digital lab offers space where teens can create, learn via @ALA_TechSource. (BoK2)
    A brief outline of how Tacoma Public Library has created a digital lab to encourage the creation, packaging, use and dissemination of information in a variety of ways. I’m sure many New Zealand public libraries would be interested in trying to replicate aspects of this space in some form.

It took me less than 15 minutes to read each article and provide a synopsis of my learnings. Not all of these will be meaningful or relevant to you. However, if you’re struggling to fill a BoK area, subscribing to The Daily News is a quick and easy way to locate information of relevance and complete your revalidation journal.

A version of this article appeared in Library Life: Te Rau Ora, 13 July 2011.

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