April 19, 2018

Amy Buckland | Movers & Shakers 2008

Do Something!

Amy Buckland, already successful as editor of a language and linguistics journal, chose librarianship because she believes “everyone should have access to quality information, not just those who can afford it.”

When Library Student Journal‘s (LSJ) founding editor, Eli Guinnee, left, Buckland became editor. She argued in her first issue that LIS students “understand the average user better than many practicing librarians” and “see information needs in new places (and new worlds).”

Guinnee says Buckland has moved into those new worlds, creating a Facebook group for LIS students, an Editors’s Blog that’s “an important place for LIS students to discuss developments in the field; and LSJ‘s virtual office in Second Life, where she’s also a reference librarian.”

Because she believes “we’re not gatekeepers anymore, we’re facilitators,” Buckland wants LIS students to “do something to spread information far and wide—write for LSJ, create blogs or wikis.”

Or provide reference service in Second Life, where we can show non–library users “that librarians kick Google’s ass.”


CURRENT POSITION Editor in Chief, Library Student Journal; Editorial Coordinator, Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics

DEGREE MLIS, McGill University, expected 2008

WEB SITE www.librarystudentjournal.org

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