When I go to an exceptional presentation, such as I experienced with Joyce Valenza and Judy O’Connell at #SLANZA11, I can generally absorb only a tiny portion of all that is said. I do, however, invariably remember one or two key phrases or ideas that truly resonate. Before moving on from IASL, and Professor McWilliams’s keynote, I must share something that she said, almost as an aside during that presentation, but which was etched indelibly in my mind.
She spoke of flockmates, and by that phrase she meant the (probably small) group of colleagues who share your interests and passions, who really get who you are and what you do, and who typically send tweets, emails, and referrals which you know will be to the point, relevant and always worth reading. So you never ignore their messages, you always prioritize following up, and you make a real effort to reciprocate. You are flockmates.
Curation of content, managing huge volumes of information, and attempting to scan the horizon for the next new thing, to stay informed, and to inform others – key roles for Librarian 2.0. Made much more achievable when we can identify our flockmates, and share the workload.
Today I created my first circle in Google+ and it is called Flockmates. It is small, but I’m actively looking to grow that circle. Are you a potential flockmate?