The Shawnigan Under 40

slsI am honored to have been included in Shawnigan Lake School’s Under 40 Report. They profiled 40 Shawnigan grads under 40 who are moving and shaking in their various professions. We all answered some interview questions, and I’ve included some of my answers below as they relate to the work we do here at LittleeLit.

What is the most exciting thing about your life today?

I am at the cutting edge of a profession that has never been a cutting edge profession; librarianship. The upheaval in the publishing market has a direct effect on the services that libraries have traditionally provided their communities, and a new age is dawning for the custodians of our cultural knowledge. This is the age of the start-up librarian, and it’s my job to consult government, developers, libraries and advocacy organizations on the new role of libraries in the digital age.

What is the best part of your job?

Connecting the dots and working with very different groups of people. On any given work day I may be leading a storytime, meeting with venture capitalists, writing blog posts, training a roomful of people in emergent technologies, negotiating for functionality with developers or sitting in an airport en route to a conference.

What concerns you most about the world today? 

The changing definition of literacy, and the increasingly widening divide between those with information capital (those who are literate in multiple modalities, not just reading text) and those without information capital. Illiteracy in its many forms is most often associated with poverty and restricted access to information. Literacy development begins at birth, and today’s children must attain proficiency in a much wider skillset than previous generations in order to have any kind of socioeconomic or political power in their adult lives. In the very near future there will be two new classes of people in our society; those who know how to manipulate media content, and those who are manipulated by it. Public libraries stand as institutions that provide free access to information to the user, and support the development of information capital in anyone who walks through the door.

Finish this sentence: I couldn’t be here today without…

The army of people who have supported my usually harebrained ideas. For any real creativity or innovation to become manifest, there’s usually a combination of serendipitous events and hardworking people with good ideas working their tails off and collaborating toward a greater good.


Posted on December 8, 2013, in Literacy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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