Philosophy of International Librarianship

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?


– Dom

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.

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Week 9: Learning Journal Assignment

Dominique Burns, INFO 233-10, Professors Buchanan and Harlan, Learning Journal Assignment Week 9

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Last week “Library Journal” published an online article called Movers & Shakers 2016: The People Shaping the Future of Libraries. The article talked about 54 people considered to be leaders in the librarian profession. The 54 individuals were broken down in to six groups, which were advocates, change agents, community builders, educators, innovators, and tech leaders. As a librarian in training I find that I am more and more interested in the role of the library in our technological world. This is why I decided to research the individuals under tech leaders. After exploring the nine profiles I found that I loved the profile and article on Erin Berman. Berman is an Innovations Manager at San Jose Public Library. Even cooler is the fact that she graduated with a master in library and information science from the same university I am attending!

Berman’s motto is “The world is my playground and I intend to jump on all the equipment.” I think this motto clearly defines her outlook on work and life in general. She focuses on implementing events and programs that give people technology skills. While I am a big advocate of reading and literacy, I think that the primary role of the library is to provide patrons with information in different forms. When I read that Berman believed in the same notion, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Some of the technology focused events/programs she has done include STEM, Virtual Privacy Lab, and a recording studio in the teen center. Berman also implemented makerspaces in her library, but made sure to survey patrons in order to figure out their technology needs. If you want to learn more about Berman click here to read about this amazing librarian!

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Happy Birthday!

HS Library Assistant brought donuts and I brought mochas to celebrate our boss’s birthday!


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A Day of Organization

I bought some inexpensive clips to hang up the bulletin board boarders. Saves on shelf space by hanging them up!

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The Best Kind of Gift


A student made me a full deck of “Annoying Library Disturbances & Pictures.” I ended up taking photos of each card. They are so funny and awesome! What a truly thoughtful gift. I love all the things the student came up with. The note at the end was really sweet and made my year!!!



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Black History Month

My Black History Month display!


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Star Wars

Star Wars is insanely popular with the students! I keep putting away the Star Wars books and having to go get the books off the shelf. To save some time for our Star Wars enthusiasts I made a display for all Star Wars books to hang out!

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Voting Ballot: Colorado Children’s Award Nominees

Sneak peak! Here is the black and white version of the voting ballot we will use for the Colorado Children’s Award Nominees! I made one for the picture books and junior books. I’ll post a color version of the ballot later! The actual voting ballot itself will be printed in black and white. To differentiate the ballots I will be printing them on different color paper. 🙂


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Summer Reading Challenge


We held a sock-hop for elementary students who met their summer reading goals and a pizza party for middle school students who reached those goals!


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Library Shenanigans

Haha the craft club added to the magazine bulletin board …



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