The best thing about attending events like this for me is to see the people that I know and strengthen our bonds and to meet new people and make new connections. My most important takeaway from this symposium is the reminder that “Information is Power” and as we all know, information in wrong hands can have catastrophic results.
Through equitable information dissemination, we (the librarians) can empower people and even change the course of the history. One way to do this, is delivering effective information literacy programs. This is where we enable people to separate disinformation and fake news from the truth.
To be a good educator, we need to be competent and confident. We can achieve this by being proactive in attending PD programs and doing research. Maintaining strong connections with your peers and your professional association, having a role model, a mentor or/and a supportive manager would empower you to do that. But don’t just wait for someone to come and hold your hand! Go out and seek help and once you have become an expert, go out and hold someone else’s hand.
Let’s try to close the gap. The gap in our knowledge, in equity, in our understanding of each other, and the gap between us and the academic colleagues! But remember what professor Lisa Emerson said: “If you want the academics to read your article, publish it in the education journals”.
All the best with your journey and see you at the next LIANZA event!