Tuesday, February 08, 2005
"Western-educated librarians bring a variety of skills to Central and Eastern European libraries. We're trained in the latest technologies; we design web pages and digital libraries; we're unafraid of search engines, electronic databases, OCLC, and barcode readers; we understand the complexities of consortia. A lot of those things are new to many Central and Eastern European libraries, for which electricity and a supply of books may have been a more pressing problem in the not too distant past than accurate circulation statistics. They definitely have a need for people to help teach them how to build these skills or even help point out issues and concerns that they may not have thought about yet", schreibt Dallas Long in seinem Artikel "See the World - Be a Librarian!" auf liscareer.com. Und weiter: "Word got out fast that a western librarian was in town! (...) Not everyone I met or worked with spoke fluent English!" Oh nein!