In which I introduce Project LISten.

In my IST 511 class (Introduction to the Library & Information Profession) we’ve talked about how good librarians use the resources of their communities to facilitate knowledge creation. Since leaving the bookstore world and starting grad school, my “community” has changed significantly. The people with whom I used to spend 40+ hours a week, at work or socially, are now almost 50 miles away from Syracuse, where I’ve spent most of my time since September. While doing my best to stay in touch with old friends, it’s been important for me to get to know my new companions at the iSchool.

Pondering ideas of community, resources, knowledge, and creativity – and wanting this blog to be about more than just my library journey – gave me the idea for a series of posts featuring my LIS classmates. Inspired by Humans of New York, I first thought of calling it Humans of Library School. But I wanted to incorporate the idea of listening to what one’s community is passionate about (based on a class exercise where we each talked for 2 minutes on a topic of interest to us). Finally, after asking for feedback, as wise librarians do, I’ve settled on Project LISten.Project Listen Logo 2

Each Project LISten post will feature a picture of a fellow student along with 10 sentences, questions, or interesting facts about them. In this way, I’ll learn more about my grad school cohort and be able to foster connections between them and my wider, social media community. Granted, I’ll be making these connections on a small scale since this blog doesn’t have a huge readership (yet). But it’s a start at putting into practice the ideas I’m learning in theory.

In the spirit of marshaling the resources of my new community, I’ve accepted the help of my classmate Lauren, who’s a generous, exuberant person and a wonderful photographer. Whenever possible, Lauren will take the photo that accompanies each Project LISten post using her creative knowledge and a professional-quality camera, an improvement on anything I could produce with my cell phone. I hope that over the course of the project I’ll find ways to incorporate the expertise of other classmates, and volunteer my skills and knowledge in return.

I hope you’ll all enjoy meeting these librarians-in-training as much I have. Look for the first official post tomorrow.

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5 thoughts on “In which I introduce Project LISten.

  1. Lindsay Davis November 2, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Really neat! It’s similar to those “in the life of/member of the week” kinds of things in the library associations. Great idea for grad students to have a space, not that they can’t in the other spaces, but those seem to be mostly post-grads. 🙂 Best wishes!

    (Also, this post reminded me how behind I am in getting my blog space going. Winter break…maybe? I just got home from my usual 11-hour day. I’m literally lying on the couch typing this. Lol

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    • Library Heather November 2, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      I think ALA NMRT has something like this, but then non-library folks don’t really see it. I want to show the faces of the Librarians of the Future – outside of library spaces – while we’re still all in training.

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  2. CarolK November 3, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Glad to see your project is up and running. I’ll be following.

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