Looking through the many divisions of Library and Information Science Associations provided in Hirsh’s supplement, I was unsure where to go. There were several options that Interested me including the Information Technology and Knowledge Management sections of the Special Libraries Association, and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Each of these appealed to me in different ways professionally and personally, however, I chose to go with the National Storytelling Network for the sake of this post.
There is something about the art of storytelling that captivates me. I love the creative arts in all forms, but my passion is for writing and poetry. Of course, storytelling is the next logical step, and I have been interested to see how it works within the realm of libraries. Now, I’m a bit of a dreamer, so I immediately jump to how I can take something simple — yet impacting — like storytelling and change it. How can I innovate and create new possibilities for an art form that is as old as mankind?
Honestly, as I write this I realize how difficult, even outlandish, such a thought seems, but I have to start somewhere. The National Storytelling Network does publish Storytelling Magazine. Though I don’t have access to it, the overview on the site explains that it contains “news of important events, trends, people, and publications in the national storytelling community. [Also,] each issue explores a timely topic through carefully selected articles from leaders in the field.” So, it seems that this publication is both a practice and research journal. I believe that it could prove useful for me in deciding just where in the field I would like to go and what kinds of opportunities storytelling, as an art form, presents in my personal and professional growth.