Fiona @ BL

So I’ve successfully completed the New Librarianship Masterclass MOOC.

So what! I hear you ask or What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course and the New Librarianship Open Online Course was run by the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

This is their description of the masterclass:

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees?

The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. New Librarianship recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities.

Join iSchool faculty for this online course that provides a foundation for practicing librarians and library science students in new librarianship. It builds on The Atlas of New Librarianship, the 2012 ABC CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature and seeks to generate discussion about the future direction of the profession.

There were four modules in the course – each module consisted of a video lecture, readings and a ‘test yourself’ short quiz.

Whilst I didn’t necessarily agree with all the answers it was a thought provoking exercise that had me looking at our libraries in a new and exciting way.

The course is still available online if you want to have a go at it – it’s a free course and takes 3 – 5 hours a week over the four weeks.

I am happy to lend my copy of The Atlas of New Librarianship to anyone interested but I must warn you it is a heavy book (weight wise).

If you want any more info about the New Librarianship Masterclass or MOOCs in general just ask.


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