This first week of the MOOC on New Librarianship is almost over. I have listened to and followed the conversation on the mission of librarians (not the library), the worldview of new librarianship, knowledge creation, how librarians facilitate knowledge creation through access, training, environment, and motivation.
Next week the lessons will cover community pressure on librarians, the values, core skills and competencies of librarians. We will deal with the competencies for librarians as set by the Salzburg Global Seminar on “Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture”. This is the curricular framework: the mission of librarians and museum professionals is to foster conversations that improve society through knowledge exchange and social action.
Knowledge exchange not knowledge creation as in the new librarianship focus sentence: “The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities”.
Social action in terms of activism and advocacy skills seem to be important.The instructor of this MOOC is also one of the advisors of the Salzburg Curriculum and is described as a passionate advocate for libraries and their role in society.
I am getting ahead of myself here but I notice that the core values of the Salzburg Curriculum are different from the American Library Association’s core values for librarians. These are core values of the Salzburg Curriculum:
- Openness and transparency
- Empathy and respect
- Continuous learning/striving for excellence
- Creativity and imagination
The two sets of values only have service in common.