by Graeme Byrd
Reposted by permission from FMYI (www.fmyi.com/blog/single/we_are_information_sherpas)
We definitely are in the information age. People are sending 1,200 tweets per second (tps) and spending 800 million minutes a month on Facebook posting 900 million objects. Wow. What do we do with all of this information that is constantly being thrown our way?
With all this information being shared in a digital fashion, even Seth Godin has posed the question about The future of the library.
Godin believes that if one wants to watch a movie, “Netflix is a better librarian, with a better library…” Yes, the structure of a library is changing, but it continues to be essential to education, to future generations. Netflix may have a “library” of films, but is missing the human energy. “The librarian isn’t a clerk who happens to work at a library.” Wrote Godin, “A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher.” Librarians – information professionals – are more critical to knowledge sharing than ever before because of the increased amount of information being shared.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting to and spending a day with the Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, an international organization of information professionals, discussing knowledge management and the relationships people have to information.
An exciting day of 5 speakers discussing tools for information sharing, building relationships with vendors and best practices for knowledge professionals, followed by an afternoon of unconference sessions full of engaged professionals.
- Britt Foster, a gradating MLIS student and blogger with a passion for public libraries shared social media tools to help engagement.
- Sandra Crumlish with the St. Jude Medical provided examples of how working closely with vendors and building a partnership provides for better adoption of services.
- Scott Brown with Social Information Group and Christy Confetti Higgins, Oracle’s Cybrarian shared examples of Oracle’s internal virtual library and how one person has built relationships in an international company to engage their team and share knowledge management tools.
The theme throughout the day was that as a member of a small team of information professionals in an organization (often, a team of one) build relationships with other stakeholders. Libraries are powered by human energy (like FMYI) – sherpas of knowledge.
These special guides are trusted more by colleagues because they provide relevant tools and resources. Information junkies can be change agents empowering teams to make a difference.
While librarians are “information professionals” you also are a knowledge expert in your organization. Are you ready to be a change agent?
We are surrounded by Change agents who are empowering teams to make a difference. Ian Symmonds is helping revolutionize the future of education by advising schools around emerging trends. Kevin Carroll is changing the world with a red ball and helping create a positive atmosphere for youth through sport. And Cindy Romaine (the SLA President) is leading SLA to be Future Ready in an ever-changing world. We all have knowledge. We all can empower others to make a difference. We all can be change agents.
As leaders in knowledge management we are uniting as change agents as the future of information is rapidly changing. Are you ready today to be an information sherpa for your organization? Be Future Ready.
Graeme Byrd is the Business Development & Collaboration Manager of FMYI [for my innovation], a collaboration software company, headquartered in Portland, OR, committed to positively affecting society through sustainability and technology. Thousands of companies, nonprofits, government agencies and universities use FMYI to communicate and collaborate. Committed to building a better future and engaging his generation in sustainability, Graeme is the Chapter Leader for the Portland Professional Chapter of Net Impact and serves on Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board. Graeme has been a speaker at Net Impact, Sustainable Business Oregon and Special Libraries Association events helping others become change agents.