Young Librarian Series – Call For Submissions

Someone sent me this and even as someone who's very interested in the idea of generational differences, I honestly can't decide what I think of it. 

I'm sure it's a sincere idea aimed at building community and facilitating the exchange of information and experiences within the ranks of young librarians out there.  But at the same time, I sometimes feel that we have too many divisions within the library world already – “are you an academic librarian?  Oh, you're a public librarian…” (said with a voice like the person is holding their nose) or “You're a librarian?  But do you have your MLIS.  Oh…I guess I can still talk to you but maybe we shouldn't make eye contact or something.” 

Then there's the fact that some young librarians act like old codgers and some older librarians are more youthful and full of life than most twenty-somethings I know. 

But with all that out of the way, I think I'm probably just being grumpy because at 36, I'm on the downside of being a “young” librarian according to her criteria!    So here's the details on the project…

Young Librarian Series Submissions Wanted

The Young Librarian Series #1 from leah white on Vimeo.

By Michael on Librarians, Libraries & the Profession

Leah White writes:

My fellow young librarians and library workers:

I am now accepting submissions for an idea that I have been bouncing around for some time now. The Young Librarian Series is is a multimedia project. The basis is going to be a series of video interviews and guest posts on a blog graciously being hosted at tametheweb blogs. (ty Michael!!) Our themes will be generations in the library and being a Gen Y and young Gen X librarian; our experiences, our triumphs, struggles, cool projects that you might want to highlight, and so on.

Items the you might want to consider submitting: generational based posts, library inspired art projects, new media projects, such as videos, podcasts, or a created resource. Really the sky is the limit here and I’m very excited to see what people have to contribute.

The goal of The Young Librarian Series is to provide a sense of community for young librarians. A place for us to collaborate, to center ourselves in the field. To brainstorm. To think. To discuss and empower.

My guidelines are basic: you must be a part of Generation Y or young-ish Gen X, so 40 and under. If you just want to bounce ideas off me and send a proposal, that is more than welcome. I don’t care what font you use. I don’t care if there are one inch margins. I want to hear about your ideas, your experiences. And your fellow young librarians want to hear from you as well.

Please note: If I have spoken to you about doing an interview or contributing, its time to start formulating some ideas. Send me an email with any and all questions.

The email:

I so look forward to hearing from you and please, lets spread the word.

leah the librarian!

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Well, in the video Leah seems to be responding to her experience in the library world with Gen Y-X-ish folks being catalogued . . . as clients or patrons only. So huzzah to her for seeking a positive, professional response to that dilemma. At MPOW, I've heard post-40s generalizing negatively about “the younger generation,” oblivious to the younger librarians in the room. I look forward to a “space” where ideas, projects, and different ways of thinking are foregrounded. I wouldn't look forward to more intergenerational whining, though. cheers, heather mc

    Posted 04 Oct 2009 at 11:14 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    It goes both ways – I've caught myself thinking stereotypical thoughts about baby boomer librarians when they're uhm, acting in that stereotypical fashion.
    I wonder if inter-generational tensions are more pronounced than ever and why – is that because the Gen X and Y folks have been brought up with more of a belief in questioning authority? More of a sense of entitlement? That everyone is equal? Something else?

    Posted 12 Oct 2009 at 7:47 am
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