Hello fellow library friends,
I’m so close to graduating and currently finishing my final classes! I’m definitely excited, but also ready to finish. 🙂 I’m taking two classes, my final project class and a two-credit class on global librarianship. I didn’t really know what to expect in the two-credit class, but I am really enjoying it. I have never taken a class like it and just turned in my first assignment…. So fingers crossed! I’m proud of the work I turned in, but the assignment was really a first for me. I’ve always taken classes related to teen/children services in public and/or school libraries near me or in the United States. This first assignment required us to write a persona sketch for a community member in Guatemala. This is just one of many assignments leading up to a large group project for the class. I really enjoyed it, but did find it challenging to write about a culture I knew nothing about. I learned a lot and did a ton of research! It was eye opening and I’m excited for the final project at the end of the class. The assignment also had us share our personal philosophy on international librarianship. My personal philosophy, which I submitted for the assignment, is below and I’d love your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Part 2: Philosophy
My personal philosophy for international librarianship is that librarians are information guides, intermediaries, teachers, students, and advocates for their community. The library is a place where new and emerging information technologies are combined with traditional community information resources (Freeman, 2005, p. 3). Libraries are places that continually foster a love of reading and the ethical exploration and preservation of information. I am a strong believer that we all have our own story and this provides us with individually unique outlooks and sets of gifts (Northwestern University ABCD Institute, n.d., p. 2). International librarianship is aiding in the creation of spaces where community members are able to share those gifts with one another.