Apr 042009
 

John Blyberg, Cindi Trainor and I have just had a week-long three-person unconference about the Future of Libraries.

We started in John’s office in Darien last Friday and have worked in New York, in Arlington Virginia and in Washington DC. We worked on whiteboards, using cameras, recording on an iPhone, on trains, in tapas restaurants, under cherry blossom, via skype, using etherpad, seeking inspiration from minifigs, during conference sessions and even under an ironing board at 2am in the morning.

We worked on “the Thing” until it finally became the “Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians” . It’s our attempt to articulate what the Library is, the role of librarians and what librarians need to do to preserve the Library.

We don’t mention books or buildings once. This wasn’t deliberate. We aimed to make it sound like we were stating the obvious that every librarian knows, without sounding trite.

When we were writing it, I thought of stories of librarians practicing librarianship beyond the day-to-day running of a library. How were these things still librarianship ? Alia Muhammud Baker, the Librarian of Basra who smuggled priceless manuscripts into private homes during bombing in Iraq. The protests by Australian librarians against internet filtering. The New Zealand Librarians and their attempts to influence their government to stop section 92A of their copyright act. The American Library Association’s stand on banning books. ? What were they doing that was so essential to our purpose that they made sure that we will have content to work with in the future ? Why, besides keeping librarians employed, were what they were doing valuable?

A big thank you from the three of us to all the librarians who have been publicly writing and thinking about the future of libraries. We hope we channeled your thoughts with respect.

Cindi also has eloquently posted her thoughts about the process and about openess, On Writing the Darien Statements .

We published it on John’s blog so that there is just one place to link back to. Here it is: Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians .

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  1. […] Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians, at Blyberg.net On Writing the Darien Statements, by Kathryn Greenhill April 3rd, 2009 | Tags: darienstatements, futurelibs09, jblyberg, sirexkat | […]

  2. […] View post: On writing the Darien Statements […]

  3. I’ll just say here what I said at Cindi’s place: I’m proud to know you guys.

  4. […] can also find a little more about how John Blyberg, Cindi Trainor and Kathryn Greenhill put this statement together in this Librarians Matter blog post. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)New Central New York Library Resource Council […]

  5. […] Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians Written and endorsed by John Blyberg, Kathryn Greenhill, and Cindi […]

  6. The Darien Statements together are an inspirational piece of writing. Thank you.

  7. […] And then I read this and it made me want to wrap my arms around the library world even tighter. Thank you John, Cindi & Kathryn. […]

  8. […] companion posts, Kathryn and Cindi have beautifully captured the spirit in which this was written. Be sure to read […]

  9. Come visit us in Regina, the drinks are on me!

    Well Done.

  10. […] Read the full statement at blyberg.net. They also have a MS Word Document under a Creative Commons License. You can also find a little more about how John Blyberg, Cindi Trainor and Kathryn Greenhill put this statement together in this Librarians Matter blog post. […]

  11. […] For more on the Darien Statements, see posts by Cindi Trainor at Citegeist and Kathryn Greenhill at Librarians Matter. [↩]Statements 2 and 7, which read as follows: 2. In five years collection development as we […]

  12. […] On writing the Darien Statements | Librarians Matter […]

  13. […] Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians Written and endorsed by John Blyberg, Kathryn Greenhill, and Cindi […]

  14. […] And then I read this and it made me want to wrap my arms around the library world even tighter. Thank you John, Cindi & Kathryn. […]

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