How serious is the problem of non-communication amongst Cambridge librarians? The means of communication are there — a whole heap of them, in varying degrees of activity, including CULIB, the Cambridge Library Group, the Camtools Cambridge Librarians site, the Facebook Cambridge Liibrarians group, the ucam-lib-discuss email list, the brownbag lunches, the Arcadia seminars, the libraries@cambridge annual conference. So if we don’t communicate it’s not for lack of opportunity.
I raised this question in the early days of the Facebook Cambridge Liibrarians group. I sought people’s favourite instances of things within the Cambridge library landscape that
- should have been communicated & hadn’t been, & the consequences
- had been communicated particularly badly, & the consequences
- needed to be communicated now, & weren’t being, & the actual or potential consequences
- had ever been communicated particularly well
I’m trying to remember what examples of any of the above have been cited in the course of the communications arising from recent Cam23 activity.
Perhaps what’s needed is not new channels of communication, just bolder use of the existing ones. As Cam23 is showing, when we’ve something to communicate about, we do communicate.