Future dreaming Part I #libraryfutures

Look around you. Find a 5 year old. What will the world in which they grow up in look like in 15 years?

Your actions now will inform their worldview. You will influence their life experience. You can choose to give them skills to navigate an ever changing world. You can build their confidence to actively participate in their chosen communities.

What if … that 5 year old chooses to become a librarian?

What educational experience might they have over the next 15 years in primary & secondary sectors? How will that impact their post-secondary expectations of a tertiary library qualifications?

What role will MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); (L)OOMPLEs ((Localised) Open Online Massive Partcipatory Learning Events); learning options such as University of Wisconsin’s flexible competency-based degrees; workplace pathways to degrees such as Massey University’s management programme with McDonald’s have for these future librarians?

How does our current & future librarianship curriculum fit into this educational space? Are we ready? Are we adaptable? Are we prepared? Are we willing to admit we don’t yet have any answers to these questions?

Look around you. Find a 20 year old. What will their world look like in 15 years? How has their current educational experience already influenced where they are at? How will things look like after they’ve had further tertiary education & further workplace experience?

What if … that 20 year old chooses to become a librarian?

Where do we, the current librarian practioners, want them to be in 15 years? Do we expect them to be a discipline specialist? Do we expect them to be managers? Do we expect them to have contributed to the academic publications on librarianship?

Our actions now will inform their worldview. We will influence their experience. We can choose to give them skills to navigate an ever changing world. We can build their confidence to actively participate in their chosen communities.

What aspirations do we have for the next generations?

What is our long-term, inter-generational plan for librarianship?

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