I recently joined the Library and Information Technicians discussion group on LinkedIn, and have discovered that it is an excellent source of both inspiration and information. This is especially true for a technician like myself, who isn’t currently employed in the field. It can be difficult to keep up and stay involved when you’re not working in a related job, and groups like this – whether on LinkedIn, Facebook, or another networking site – are one great way to network, share ideas, and stay up-to-date with changes in the field.
This weekend, I was forwarded a discussion about the future of library technicians:
“Where do you see the future of Library Technicians? Many public libraries are utilizing more Information Clerks and the number of Library Technicians on staff are decreasing.”
You can see the whole discussion on LinkedIn here, but I wanted to throw this question out to other technicians and library professionals.
Another commenter said as much, but I think that we need to be the ones to save ourselves. Not everyone understands what skills a technician has, and I think that it’s up to us to promote the field, to provide information about who we are and what we have to offer, and to make the most of those skills by participating in on-going professional development via workshops, upgrading certifications, conferences, and so forth. I believe that it’s up to us to get out there and advocate for ourselves and our profession by showing people just how much we have to offer. We need to help initiate the changes we want to see.
Where do you see the future of library technicians? Comment here, or participate in the LinkedIn discussion.