What is Entrepreneurial Librarianship? | SU iSchool – Information Space Blog

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There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it. ~ Adora Svitak

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Author: Stephanie Prato

If you’re thinking about librarianship, you’re probably already interested in social engagement, innovation, and knowledge creation. You know that librarians empower community voices. We also champion intellectual freedom, equitable access to information, and democratic conversation. We provide access to credible sources of information, and we create networks of knowledge in our communities. Most librarians don’t think of themselves as entrepreneurs, but there is a growing interest in entrepreneurial librarianship, the abstract idea connecting social entrepreneurship with the services librarians provide every day.

If you’re thinking about librarianship, you’re probably already interested in social engagement, innovation, and knowledge creation. You know that librarians empower community voices. We also champion intellectual freedom, equitable access to information, and democratic conversation. We provide access to credible sources of information, and we create networks of knowledge in our communities. Most librarians don’t think of themselves as entrepreneurs, but there is a growing interest in entrepreneurial librarianship, the abstract idea connecting social entrepreneurship with the services librarians provide every day.

Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of identifying a societal problem and using entrepreneurial principles, such as innovation, to create and implement ventures that achieve change. I believe that social entrepreneurship is very closely aligned with librarianship because of its missions and outcomes.

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