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Bob Boiko

Tim and I are at our second day of InfoCamp. Bob Boiko, teacher, consultant, business person, developer and information leader, is doing the opening session today. He’s pushing the crowd to really think about what tools we have in our toolboxes as information professionals. We have to think practically and concretely so we can understand our roles which will help us understand our value to an organization and can work successfully in an organization. He’s doing a great job of helping people to think about what they mean when they say, “I can help you find the information you need.” How is that helpful to your client? What concrete tools and skills are you bringing to your client?Since we’re in the Information Age, it only makes sense that information professionals lead the information age. There’s a lot of untapped value in information professionals as leaders.

The phrase when cars run on information was born back when we were first-quarter, first-year MLIS students. Phil Edwards, one of our favorite lecturers, was trying to guide our brainstorming session on the future of library services. He directed us toward long-range thinking, suggesting: “You know, way in the future, like when cars will run on information.”

His quickie example has resonated with me for more than a year. It nicely captures our feelings around information, service, and really innovative ideas (admit it, filling up with info would be pretty cool!) all in one little phrase. What better tribute to this spark than to keep the phrase alive here? Thanks Phil.