Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.
Via Karen du Toit
Build engaged audiences through publishing by curation.
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RT @zaana: RT @LibraryJournal: Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design http://t.co/ZjSYOa6g #vicpln...
"Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges — see below for the Challenges and Brainstorms featured at LJ‘s daylong Design Institute (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/tag/design-institute/) held November 11, 2011 at Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library. (See also: Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/buildings/lbd/building-smart-ljs-design-institute-inspires-spaces-for-the-future-library-by-design/)
Via Karen du Toit
Libby Fischer Hellmann:
A discussion about ebooks for patrons with four librarians...
"With all of the discussions, opinions, and analyses of ebooks these days, one of the aspects we don’t hear enough about are libraries and how they’re adapting to the e-verse. An article in PW recently discussed the situation from a library’s point of view and pointed out some issues that are impeding the growth of ebook borrowing. As both an author and an avid user of libraries, I decided to approach it a little differently.
A large percentage of my readers, maybe even a majority, have borrowed my books from the library in the past, so I’m especially interested how and if library patrons are able to download my ebooks easily. So far, the answer is “kinda-sorta.” The only way I know that patrons can download ebooks is through Overdrive, and there seems to be some issues with Overdrive’s inventory, ie some libraries have titles that other libraries don’t. In other words, no consistency. Which is not a good thing for a mid-list author."
Via Karen du Toit
Download, embed and share The Social Librarian infographic. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon.
"Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users.
In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture), Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders.
Via Karen du Toit
A great infographic which shows the skills and attributes a modern librarian ought to encompass.
by Curt Hopkins:
"Libraries are changing, despite their facades. And they're changing to high-tech service companies with embedded librarians, according to some library professionals."
"This transition time is one of great opportunity for those involved in libraries, but all transitions, all borders and verges, are places of great vulnerability as well. Grand changes are possible here, but so are operatic failures. The future seems promising. It’s the present that worries some librarians.
“The myth that the information scholars need for research and teaching is, or soon will be available for free online is a dangerous one,” said Bourg, “especially when it is used as an excuse to cut funding to libraries. Right now libraries face enormous but exciting challenges in maintaining print collections and services where they are still necessary, while simultaneously developing strategies for collecting, preserving, organizing, and providing access to digital objects. I fear that if libraries across the nation don’t get the resources we collectively need to meet these challenges that we may be at risk of losing big chunks of our cultural record because of a lack of funding for digital collecting and preservation."
Via Karen du Toit
Extremely valuable skills for Infrmation Professionals of the future:
Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.
By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.
It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.
And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,
to the unique rare fish swimming through it.
The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.
Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:
ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
2) Social intelligence:
ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
3) Novel and adaptive thinking:
proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
4) Cross-cultural competency:
ability to operate in different cultural settings
5) Computational thinking:
ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
6) New media literacy:
ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
8) Design mindset:
ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
9) Cognitive load management:
ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques
10) Virtual collaboration:
ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10
Curated by Robin Good
Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;
Via Robin Good, janlgordon, Karen du Toit