While thinking about material for such an entry, I came across a fluttering, tattered host of forlorn Google docs--some crying out for attention, others shuddering in the death throes of their neglect. These ghouls are the various ideas for posts that came to mind over the past year and which I abandoned, permanently or otherwise--either because I lost interest in them, or they had too brief a shelf life to remain relevant by the time I could get to them, or because they were just really bad.
Still, some of them show promise, and I'd hate for them to wallow in obscurity forever. At the same time, I don't want to enter the new year with too many "assignments" hanging over my head. So I thought I'd open it up to my readers--which of the following topics would you be interested in seeing fully fleshed out in a post in 2015?
- "The Final Word on Library Usefulness": Conceived as a response to a Forbes piece suggesting that libraries could be shut down in favor of unlimited Amazon accounts, the time frame has shifted a bit on this one--but the question of facing down libraries' detractors never really goes away. Should I attempt to put the nail in the coffin of all the naysayers and budget slashers? (Because I totally have that power.)
- "On the Misanthropy of Librarians": In which I would grapple with the shifting public perception of librarians and the ways in which I think we hold ourselves back--and maybe call out a few bad apples along the way.
- "All the Ways Our Field is Failing Us" and/or "Alex's LIS Curriculum": I have a lot of Feelings about LIS programs as degree mills, about various weaknesses in the curricula I have known or heard of, about the shift in our professional identity from "librarian" to "information professional," about the tense balance in hiring professionals versus paraprofessionals in trying economic times...all of which I've been unable to articulate without it devolving into an unhinged rant. I'll probably give it another try, because it's Important. Why don't you think about those things, dear reader, in the meantime, so we can discuss it?
- "The Flap Over Seed Libraries": On the more fun end of the spectrum, you could read me working myself into conniptions over temporarily agreeing with nutty right-wing survivalist groups in opposing various state-based ordinances shutting down the seed library movement. And doesn't everyone love that?
- "Libraries and the Collaborative Economy": This one I thought I had just missed the boat on. There was a brief window when "sharing" startups like AirBnB were lighting up the cultural and corporate landscape; web think-pieces and NPR segments were all over it, so I thought I had time to add my two cents, at my leisure, on how libraries have been in on this secret for years--and could continue to push and evolve the concept. Then, screech, the conversation sort of ended. Well, now it's back, in a way-- particularly in the various controversies emanating from Uber and its unregulated carsharing activities. Is it time to look back at libraries to show the way?
Which of these fine topics would you be most interested in seeing me tackle? Bonus points if you feel like you would comment on, discuss and share the resultant posts!