I am so excited to be able to post today. Just a few short months ago, on the CJC listserv, someone asked if there were any good blogs out there for community college librarians. When the answer turned out to be no, some of us banded together and said “let’s make one!” Since that day we have all been working tirelessly to get this blog off the ground, and now here we are. I’m proud of us!
With permission, we have co-opted the communitycollegelibraries.wordpress domain. We chose to do this instead of starting from scratch because we want continuity with the past. The blog had been abandoned in 2009, leaving a gap in the collective wisdom of librarians in 2-year colleges. We wish to fill that gap.
We chose the name “Two-Year Talk” because that is the thread that binds us. No matter if we work for a “community college,” a “technical college,” a “junior college,” or simply a “college,” all the bloggers here are librarians in institutions that offer 2-year degree programs. While they are “academic libraries,” these institutions offer their own unique challenges. We are not research-focused. Many of our students are non-traditional. Librarians are often jacks-of-all-trades. The problems and issues faced in 4-year colleges and universities do not always resonate with us. That is not to say that we don’t benefit from the associations and journals and conferences aimed at academic libraries. It is just to say that we need our own space too. Our own voice. That is what we hope to achieve with this blog.
So, bloggers – blog on. Readers – comment. Let’s get this conversation started!