Defining a New Information Professional

LIANZA’s website states those that can use the New Information Professional Category as those that, “having started Library career within the last 24months, valid 3yrs”.

I’m intrigued by this, as I am with most definitions, as I like to deconstruct terms to help with my own understanding of it.

The point that I’m most intrigued by is the,

“having started Library career…”

When can you define when you start a library career?  Me, being the tenacious person I am (thank you Sally) always wants to get the best deal and I would’ve liked to have gotten in on this category if I hadn’t been a personal member for hmm 4 years, 5 years is it?  And if I hadn’t already written on the interwebs in numerous places that I started my Library career, well… more than 5 years ago, then I might’ve been able to get in on it.

How have you defined when you started your library career?

Or how will you define when you start your library career?

How do you know when you’re a librarian?

How do you know when you’re not new anymore?

I really feel like I’m in neverland sometimes. I’m not really a labels or tag person. I’m not one and and I’m not the other. I just am. If people want to say I’m a new professional then I’m fine with that. If people want to say I’m a youngun, that’s fine too. If people want to say I’m a techie, then sure, say that too (I’m not really – but wait, what’s a “techie” defined as??).

Maybe I should just put the dictionary down and think less…

Photo by Greeblie on Flickr


Finger on the pulse?

I wrote this before I gave birth to my first child in May of 2012. Interesting what you think is realistic before having children.


How important is it *really* to have your finger on the pulse?

What happens to the blood supply when you take your finger away?
Is the blood your blood, or is it everyone else’s that you’re trying to keep a handle on?

So many analogies! I could keep going. Alright I will, and lets bring some context to it so I’m not just talking about blood and guts.

Lets say the pulse, is the heart of the library and information profession and sharing community. The “th thmp th thmp th thmp th thmp th thmp th thmp th thmp” is the regular flow of information and conversation between individuals and organisations, people that are proactively *doing shit* in the industry, to further us so we’re not seen as still in the doldrums.

The blood is …. hrmmmm the blood is…. conversation.  The blood is conversation and communication and people, aaall that stuff that makes up blood (I’m not a med student)

Over the past week I’ve unsubscribed from at least 15 different news sources and listservs.  Just this morning I unsubscribed from:

That’s a fair chunk of information coming right to my inbox every day right there.  With Peanut on the way in the next few weeks, I want to have as little as possible in my inbox.  And even then, I only want contact from real people.

Yep, my finger is still going to be on the pulse for the next 12 months.  I’m just not going to be bothered reading every Tom, Dick and Harry’s post, thought, promo, or conversation.  And I’m ok with that.  Am actually quite looking forward to it.

Besides, I’ve decided to use this next 12 months to work (concentrate?) on one or two projects (other than Peanut) that have some depth to them, rather like what I worked on with Alison Fields last year with our ALIALibTec presentation.

Is it time to give up CD’s?

I have been buying CD’s for oooh about 15 years now. I remember the first one I bought – The Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. I remember the first tape I bought, Quincy Jones and Baby Face and Tamia – Slow Jams, the single. Yep, I used to buy tape singles, because $5 was all I had in my hand. And I bought CD singles too when I found tapes didn’t last as long. However, reading an article on copyright by – is making me think perhaps it’s time to move on from CD’s.

At what point do you move on to the latest format? When your existing format no longer serves your needs? I don’t have that many needs when it comes to what format my music is in.

I don’t download music, I don’t download movies. I don’t copy music, I don’t copy movies. I don’t electronically share music (ok I do share songs sort of, I’ve been on for a couple of years) and I don’t electronically share movies.

I just need to be able to play music at home, which is currently on a PC setup, and in the car via CD’s.  And occasionally on my ipod which doesn’t really get much use anymore unfortunately.

What are your thoughts on copyright, music and formats? It’s a topic of conversation that intrigues me.

What format of music do you mostly listen to? I’m interested to know.