Here, to be specific. In three parts:
- The blogga song. If I could slow it down, I could grab the three or four blogs I don’t already know about. But I’d have to stop laughing first.
- Occasional nervousness about casual style and the real world: But I’ve been more intemperate and brusque in lists, email, and at LISNews than I am here or at Cites & Insights, so it’s probably misguided nervousness. As, I think, it may be with Dorothea. Doesn’t seem to have kept her out of the field!
- But most of all, and the reason for this post, even though I’m not (currently) on the speaking circuit at all, I’ll back this comment of hers:
[Quoting a library school student] I see people like Michael Stephens, Jenny Levine, and Stephen Abrams making the professional circuit at this conference and that butâ€¦what about us? What about your future colleagues? Why arenâ€™t you people talking to LIS students? [End of quote]
Goes two ways, chela. Thereâ€™s nothing stopping you from talking to us. Walt Crawford and I were happily sparring long before I graduated library school. Pick your favorite guru and send an email. Wonâ€™t kill you. Likely to make you stronger. If you have a mind for pop-management books, call it an â€œinformational interview.â€
When I get email or a comment or whatever, I can assure you that I don’t vet it first based on whether the person sends along proof of an accredited MLS (since I don’t have one, that would be exceedingly silly), whether they have An Appropriate Job Title, or whatever.
I read what’s being said and try to respond accordingly. I’m guessing that true “gurus” and today’s contemporary hotshots behave similarly.
I’d be really surprised to see any of the names the student mentioned in that quote do anything other than be responsive and helpful to an LS student (and in Michael S’s case, he’s signed up to do it for a living). [I’m making an assumption here, since none of those mentioned are close friends or acquaintances–but I’d bet I’m right.]
I’m 100% certain that there are people in the field who have no time for newbies and for librarians-in-training. I’m 99% certain that very few of those people are present in the biblioblogosphere. And I’m nearly certain that there are a lot more established, “name-brand” librarians who would love to exchange ideas with library school students than are there who can’t be bothered.