March 8-10 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

E301: Repositioning Librarians for Success

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor, Leader to Leader Adjunct Professor, The Catholic University of America Department of Library and Information Science.

Despite challenges and disruptions, many of the skills, talents, and attributes that librarians possess are prized in the current organizational world. Some indeed have become trendy and fashionable. We need a new way of thinking about and conceptualizing what we do, how we do it, and who benefits from our work. Rosenstein has devised a new framework for rethinking and repositioning this work, one that relies not on functional areas, but benefits, positive results, and outcomes. Librarians and information professionals exemplify and embody the following 10 qualities, attributes and abilities, each of which are valued and prized within today’s organizations: serendipity and “aha” moments; the power of questions; packaging and “selling” relevance; curation of data, information and knowledge; sense-making skills; the power of introverts and “quiet”; servant leadership: the power of service; discovery; architecture; and healing. We must embrace, express, and “own” these attributes and qualities for our future success. Libraries can only be successful if librarians are successful and thriving, so join us as Rosenstein demonstrates how librarians can reposition their work within this framework, and how it can be turned into a future advantage for the profession.

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