Today is the start of Week 4 and the focus is on issues within the community and how the librarians engage with the community. However, I am reading the discussion on the grand challenge of librarianship first because I don’t think I have grasped the concept.
The Instructor, in a video-clip I watched last week, said this is it: The grand challenge is coordinating the knowledge infrastructure (technology, people, sources of information/knowledge, permissions – intellectual property) to unlock the potential and passions of society. In discussing the infrastructure there were other challenges. These are the ones that I can recall:
- How to balance the goal of profit with the goal of information.
- How to move from information consumption/production to participation or How to turn people from passive information consumers to active builders of the knowledge economy.
- How to coordinate the infrastructure to eliminate the digital divide of haves and have-nots.
Here is one librarian’s view of the grand challenge. The librarian/blogger asked in March 2013, How would we create a library that had the ability to change or grow remotely? I thought the grand challenge of librarianship, the rallying call would be something to do with change or innovation.
Jian on the discussion board came up with a grand challenge template which looks like this: “A grand challenge [for libraries] is a fundamental problem in the information [knowledge] society with broad applications, whose solution would be enabled by the application of […] that could become available in the near future.”
Another “conversant” wrote her grand challenge for her school community: How to get more of our students to be proactive [on] their own learning. I can identify with this challenge but is that grand enough?