Rediscovering My Library/Information Science Pride

I’ve been out of the library media specialist game for five and a half years now. The economic downturn saw to that. In my next act I was re-purposed as a technology coach – for a lack of a better, more universally understood term. That was a good gig too, but I can’t say I ever found SMART Board training a good use of my time – nor was doing a run down of the drop down menus on an application, but that was the popular work. I enjoyed helping students with databases or understanding Boolean logic much more than your average Google Apps run through. I’ll even take plagiarism and copyright over explaining how to create a quiz in Moodle.

For whatever reason, I’m remembering and reflecting on that right now – and I never have before. I’m trying to track back what triggered this realization, but I can’t put a finger on it. Lately I’ve been really interested in the usually business centric-world of information systems and wondered why there wasn’t more cross over between the two. Information systems is often cited as a great and growing field to be getting into. On the other hand, library science is often considered the worst. Why don’t these two disciplines find easier intersections or common paths together?

For me it’s always been more about connecting online – to find the info you need or meet up with people who can help build on the work you’ve done. That for me is where the exciting stuff is. Give me Howard Rheingold any day and I’m in 7th heaven. Digging in deep on how our brains work online was a recent topic in Wired. What I really enjoyed about this piece was thinking about how we think online and trying to unravel that rats nest of how our brain works. So cool to me…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying one this in better than the other – library/information skills vs tech integration. They are both needed skills for learning leaders in schools. I’m simply saying that I’m and information science geek and I’m proud of it. I’m going to work to find more connections this year between information science and information systems.

Wish me luck!

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