Not that long ago I wrote about #DataRescueDavis, a library program that I helped with at the UC Davis Peter J. Shields Library. I also recapped my participation in my weekly journal for my class instructor; in it, I asked “what are “traditional” library programs anyway? Do academic libraries have a “typical” set of events that they’d usually participate in, and I’m just not aware of them?” Can I come up with any unique or useful program ideas?
My professor commented:
Somehow, I don’t believe that ‘traditional’ programming for libraries exists any longer – in any type of library.
What exactly is library programming? Well, to answer that question, you might first ask yourself, just what is it that librarians do all day? There’s a myth that librarians just sit around and read books all day, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Librarians tend to be people who love books, but that doesn’t mean they get paid to read them!
One thing that librarians have to do is organize events. In information science parlance this is called “library programming.” It’s one thing to expect there to be programs of some sort at your local public library branch, e.g. craft events, story time for babies and toddlers, or special speaker events, but what about at academic libraries?
Library Programming at UC Davis: What is #DataRescueDavis?