Friday, December 11, 2009

Adaptation is not an option ...

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic

... in the case of rapid evolution in the biological sphere. In the world of technology, especially those professions hit directly by the information technology wave that has been engulfing the world for the past "n" years (I was going to say 20, going back to around 1990, but you can pick your own time frame) adaptation is the only alternative to irrelevance.

Take the following statement:
Whether we’re librarians, teachers, administrators, or professors – or newspaper journalists, television producers, radio broadcasters, or magazine publishers – or travel agents, stockbrokers, medical professionals, or postal service workers, I think we need to be more uneasy. We need to be less complacent, less certain. We need to be more proactive and forward-thinking rather than self-congratulatory and self-satisfied. [emphasis added].
The above quote is from "The (un)certainty of professional persistence" by Scott McLeod (a noted thinker in K-12 eduction) in his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant. I found it a very sobering statement.

However, I remain generally hopeful for my own profession, but only if most of us stay wary, stay uneasy, stay edgy about the future. Stay willing to adapt and to maybe not afraid to cut losses and throw out many of our most cherished ideas of what is a "collection"; what is "service"; what is a "library" or "librarian."

If we continue to define our profession by what we do and where we do it, we're on our way to joining the iceman, the farrier, lamplighter, pardoner, summoner, and the canon's yeoman.

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