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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

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:

 

1) Sense-making:

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

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

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

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

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  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Curating Information and Data Sense-Making Is The Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries

These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?
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Criticism of Little Free Libraries from librarians. They suggest that proper full sized libraries staffed by actual librarians are better.
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Announcing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

New report reveals the top trends, challenges, and technology developments disrupting academic and research libraries worldwide.
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How Wikipedia Is Cultivating an Army of Fact Checkers to Battle Fake News

How Wikipedia Is Cultivating an Army of Fact Checkers to Battle Fake News | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The online encyclopedia has been fact checking the Internet for more than 15 years. Now it wants to bring its skeptical eye to the masses.
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Singapore May Have Designed the World's Best Bus Stop

Singapore May Have Designed the World's Best Bus Stop | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
An architecture firm and the government collaborated on a bus stop with books, a rooftop garden, and a swing.
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Is 3D Printing Dying?

Is 3D Printing Dying? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Inc.'s John Brandon recently wrote about The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3D Printing. Uh, not so fast. 3D Printing is just getting started. For libraries whose adopted mission is to introduce people to emerging technologies, this is a fantastic opportunity to do so. But it has to be done right. Another dead…
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Autonomous search agents could support researchers

Researchers could soon enlist help from digital assistants to review vast swathes of literature, according to a new report on artificial intelligence. In tests run by academics at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, simulated search agents went head-to-head with humans in a computer search challenge – and won.
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No need to go wading through piles of search engine results. Let a digital assistant do most of the donkey work.
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In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back

In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The rise of algorithms has been relentless, but we need human input in our world of technological innovations
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A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian

A Snapshot of a 21st-Century Librarian | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
As the way people access information changes, librarians like Theresa Quill are exploring ways to make their jobs newly relevant.
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Omnity debuts a new kind of search engine for heavy-duty researchers

Omnity debuts a new kind of search engine for heavy-duty researchers | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Omnity isn’t taking on Google directly, and that’s probably a good thing. But the company is debuting a new kind of search engine today that it is targeted at researchers, such as academics, scientists, financial experts, inventors, medical professionals, lawyers, and journalists.
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This search engine finds links (expected and unexpected) between topics and documents that could be quite useful to researchers.
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What is missing from the kids’ internet?

What is missing from the kids’ internet? | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Media that kids and adults enjoy together is the smart way to prepare children for online danger
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Where do libraries fit in this picture? How can we help parents deliver this education?

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How Libraries Can Survive In The Digital Age

How Libraries Can Survive In The Digital Age | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The rampant evolution of technology is causing libraries to have an identity crisis. To stay relevant, they're rethinking their role in society.
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The library a public innovation space helsinki 18.3.15

8 statements about the library as a public innovation space for people


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 Avant l'activité humaine était conditionnait par l'architecture  et l'aménagement de l'espace. Aujourd'hui, ce sont les activités qui inspirent l'aménagement.

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The new libraries of Singapore

The new libraries of Singapore | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
A photo essay on the new libraries of Singapore provides an opportunity to see how libraries are retaining their relevance in the digital information age.

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Cheap Smartphones Leave the Poor More Vulnerable to Hacking and Harassment

Cheap Smartphones Leave the Poor More Vulnerable to Hacking and Harassment | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
This piece was originally posted on Global Voices Advocacy. When it comes to smartphones, not all users are created equal. Low- and middle-income peop
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The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready

The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
As fake news and complex immigration orders have inundated the public sphere, libraries are opening their doors and fact-checking skills to people of all backgrounds seeking information.
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Librarians doing their jobs can be powerful bullshit detectors.
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In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers

In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Students can learn the basics with a set of knitting needles.
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A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures)

A futuristic library in France is like the city’s living room (pictures) | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

The public library in Thionville is an example of how libraries evolve to meet the changing needs of communities.
The newly opened libraries are no longer the places with rows of beautiful bookshelves. They offer their patrons tons of other media, a space for discussion, and an opportunity to learn new skills.
Take a look at the futuristic public library in Thionville, a city of 40 thousand inhabitants in the Moselle department, in northeastern France.
The building was opened in 2016. It’s called Puzzle – Mediathèque de Thionville and is located at 68 Boulevard Foch.

This space is exploding with creativity and is full of fresh design ideas.

Let’s start with the floor. The grass is almost everywhere, inviting you to rest and spend some time reading, watching, or studying. There are lots of hidden rooms and alleys. Each one may serve as a quiet reading space. And there are reading bubbles and nooks everywhere!

The library was designed by Dominique Coulon and Associates, an architecture agency from Strasbourg. The creators’ ambition was to create the project that would become a new model for media libraries.

The idea is built around the concept of “a third place” – a place where patrons become actors in their own condition.


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How I Detect Fake News

How I Detect Fake News | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about how an algorithm might do it I have a brother who is a big Donald Trump fan, and he frequently sends me articles from…
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Wikipedia is fixing one of the Internet’s biggest flaws

Wikipedia is fixing one of the Internet’s biggest flaws | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The Internet has so many cesspools, it's surprising to see what happens behind the scenes at Wikipedia.
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Editing Wikipedia apparently leads people to have more civilised conversations, and more balanced views.
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The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair

The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
The books will live highly organized lives underneath Bryant Park.
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Virtual Realty is Getting Real in the Library

Virtual Realty is Getting Real in the Library | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
My library just received three Samsung S7 devices with Gear VR goggles. We put them to work right away. The first thought I had was: Wow, this will change everything. My second thought was: Wow, I can't wait for Apple to make a VR device! The Samsung Gear VR experience is grainy and fraught with…
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The Rise of Pirate Libraries

The Rise of Pirate Libraries | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter. All around the world, shad
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These libraries are sort of like Pirate Bay, but a bit stealthier, and with an academic focus.
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Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books

Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Even as it's entered the digital age, the Toronto Public Library has kept real live people at the heart of its enterprises, keeping the world's biggest library system busy and an crucial part of everyday Toronto life.
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Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see

Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it
Library future depends on technologies. We've collected a couple of great concepts that could be used in the near future.
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Some ideas for future library technologies. Some you will have heard of, others are new.

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new innovative technologies

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Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs

Rethink the library: Next gen becomes resource for tech, entrepreneurs | Future Trends in Libraries | Scoop.it

At some Colorado libraries, there are no overdue fines, no Dewey Decimal System and absolutely no shushing!

A revolution is underway. And leading the charge is Anythink, the rebooted seven-branch Adams County system, which has a smattering of digital studios, 3-D printers, photography labs and a cafe. Anythink has gone from one of the state's worst-funded library systems to a national leader within a decade.

On Monday, Anythink's innovation team was in Austin, Texas, at South by Southwest Interactive to inspire the tech community into collaborating with libraries. Joining a group of spirited librarians known as lib*interactive, the Anythink team hit the streets equipped with temporary tattoos, colorful chalk and a snappy slogan: "Not the same old shhh."


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