“Knowledge Creation”

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

–Jane Austen

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

As I mentioned in class, and as you can tell from the quote above, I’m an avid Jane Austen fan (and hope to have my own library one day). I’m an English major, and I have spent my whole life loving libraries and books. I’m specializing in school media, and I am excited to learn more about the field of librarianship, and broaden my knowledge in this course!

As I went through the reading we were assigned this week in Professor Lankes’ The Atlas of New Librarianship. Lankes’ overall idea that “Knowledge is created through conversation” (31) really resonated with me. In my personal experience, I’ve done my best learning in classes centered around discussion, whether online, in class, in small groups, etc. I think that is in important idea that our society needs to shift towards: knowledge isn’t how much we read, the results of an experiment, how many charts and equations we memorize–but real knowledge is what you do with it, and those actions are how we keep learning.

Before I read this thread, I knew through common sense, that when I read Jane Austen, she wasn’t actually talking to me. That just because I owned Anna Karenina (and have yet to read it) didn’t mean that I possessed knowledge about that novel. BUT. After reading this thread, the English major in me had to take a step back. In my English classes, we always said things like, ” I think the text is saying…” or “This character represents….” People stated those ideas objectively. We knew it was their idea, but the way everyone stated it, sounded like the text was actually speaking these things to them. When in reality, those conclusions they came to were because of their conversations while reading. That dialogue someone had to have to reach the conclusion about the character, or what they thought the text was saying, was cut out in their explanation. I guess even if a lot of people didn’t take a step back while reading, consciously at least, on some level we are all programmed to value information the way our society values it– the end result. But, maybe we should also share the process it took to reach that conclusion.

I fully plan to have a huge, old, excellent library in my house, a large collection that will require a lot of dusting. After reading this chapter, I will take a page out of the Atlas (not literally, that would be mean,) and despite my large collection, focus on the conversations outside of it.