I’ve been stalking the In the Library with a Lead Pipe for the past few weeks. The editors are presenting at ACRL on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in librarianship and have been asking librarians to give suggestions. So, here is my suggestion for #diylib.
The Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian webinar series created by the NCLA Government Resources Section is mega-DIY. (Full disclosure: I organize and run tech for these things.) While it is known in the niche community of govdocers, the series has gained tremendous momentum in the past 2 years. Our 25th webinar is coming up this month and we are hitting our second anniversary.
You may ask what about an organization’s webinar series is DIY? Well, keep in mind the organization that created this series has about 5 active members (and 25 dues paying members). We came up with the idea because we realized we weren’t getting the training and support needed to be good gov info librarians. Most of us are thrown into this area as an after-thought with the expectation that we can suddenly help patrons with everything the government produces (let’s see: the Census, Education statistics, BEA, BLS, legal research, Congressional research, economic information, and more). It makes your head spin. So, if we weren’t getting the support we needed, we decided to make it happen…entirely for free. And it is all through the lovely contributions of a bunch of talented librarians (who don’t get paid).
The series was created in the spirit of free government information being accessible to all AND the need for the library community to support the continuing education of its librarians. So, again, mega-DIY.
I may have interpreted it all incorrectly, so if I’ve stepped on any DIY toes, I apologize.