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Libraries aid older people in search for computer knowledge, BY Eric Peddigree - NewsItem

Libraries aid older people in search for computer knowledge, BY Eric Peddigree - NewsItem | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As the world shifts to the digital age, a knowledge of computers is becoming an essential part of life.

The group having possibly the hardest transition is the elderly. The technology hasn't been a part of their lives as much as it has for younger people.

To help the elderly ease into the digital world, local libraries offer assistance to learn the ever advancing technology. Whether it is computers or e-readers, library staffs deal with people trying to find comfort using these tools on a daily basis.

At the Frackville Free Public Library, free computer classes are held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday for people ages 55 and older. The hour is designated to help people learn basic computer skills, such as operating the machine or using the Internet."

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Libraries help with computer skills for the elderly!

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Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013

Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A short series of free online sessions this coming Monday. Part of the impetus for this day is also to make sure that there is representation of librarians as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM)--[...]

just declare Monday, October 14th, "Connected Librarians Day!" (Hashtag #cld13)


PRESENTATIONS

 October 14
 Opening Panel: "Leading the Charge to Connect the Library, Classroom, and Curriculum: A View from Library Leadership" 
 The Library as Makerspace - Kristin Fontichiaro 
 Teaching the Teachers: Integrating Technology into Library Instruction - Amanda Nichols Hess, e-Learning & Instructional Technology Librarian 
 Virtual Library Instruction:Tools & Tips - Stacy Creel, Assistant Professor  [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age - John Shank 
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A pre-conference event for Connected Librarians on 14 Oct

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Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group

Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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.
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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:16 PM

yes ''collaborating more actively'' and definitely ''information curation'' because more and more ''volume nd variety of informtion expands'' 

Галина Егорова's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:10 AM
5 НАВЫКОВ, НЕОБХОДИМЫХ ДЛЯ БИБЛИОТЕКАРЕЙ СЕГОДНЯ И ЗАВТРА
Connie Wise's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:43 PM

Librarians who adopt these skills will revitalize their careers, increase the visibility and viability of their profession, and become valued as the important information management professionals they are.

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A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert

A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Why do we need competencies?
The answer is very simple. Libraries need to remain relevant. They also need to make themselves valuable to their communities. If you think for one minute that having bestsellers on your shelf is going to keep you valuable, you're living in the 1950s. Library directors should be inundated with requests from organizations and businesses to assist them with their in-house technology."

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Libraries are "supposed to be that local organization that is an expert in technology!"


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Librarians should be the experts in technology and should be the ones to consult!

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Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express

Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Express News Service 

"In the age of information technology, where data is available at the fingertips of those who seek it, librarians should be tech-savvy.

The focus of the national seminar held by the Kerala Library Association (KLA) here on Friday was on information technology interfaces in libraries and information centres.

Rather than seeing technology as a threat, it must be adopted and adapted into a supporting system for information services, the speakers at the seminar said. Borrowing from Web 2.0, they have to go to Library 2.0; library services are user-centred, collaborative and participatory in nature.

“An integrated application of Web 2.0 facilities such as social networking sites, RSS, weblogs etc, leads to Knowledge Management 2.0 (KM 2.0),” said A Neelameghan, former head of the Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC), Bangalore, who was delivering the keynote address on ‘Knowledge Management 2.0 in the Inclusive Knowledge Society Environment’."

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New librarians are tech-savvy, part of KM 2.0 

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Internet Access and Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills Skills « Beyond Access

Internet Access and Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills Skills « Beyond Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today, only 35% of the world’s population are connected to the internet. Millions more don’t have the skills to use the information available online. Despite improved access to technology in many developing communities, access and guidance for all must be a government priority. Regular, stable and reliable access to the internet and help in using it generates opportunities to create, share and benefit from new knowledge. In the 2st century, governments must ensure this service exists so that people can improve their lives and communities.
This latest brief, Providing Internet Access Through Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills, underscores how libraries are preferred venues for public access to the internet. Governments can and should incorporate public libraries into national ICT and broadband initiatives, and public library staff must have access to necessary training in new technologies to use their library space and resources as a sustainable resource for their communities."

 

PDF document: http://issuu.com/irex-dc/docs/librariespublicaccessv2/1

 

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Professional development advice for academic librarians, via Eliza Anyangwe - The Guardian

Professional development advice for academic librarians, via Eliza Anyangwe - The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Eliza Anyangwe:

"What is the role of the academic librarian in the modern institution?"

 

[....]ideas and resources shared by our live chat panel:

 

- Simon Bains, deputy librarian, University of Manchester

- Jo Webb, head of Learning and Research Services, De Montfort University

- Andy Priestner, information and library services manager, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

- Ned Potter, academic liaison librarian, University of York Library

- Ann Rossiter, executive director, Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

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Letters to a Young Librarian: So You Want To Be a Medical Librarian, by Alison Aldrich

Letters to a Young Librarian: So You Want To Be a Medical Librarian, by Alison Aldrich | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The new guest post is "So You Want to Be a Medical Librarian" by @aldricham http://t.co/nV9H5QZX #librarians #medlibs...

 

"Health information literacy is the set of skills and abilities we all need in order to find, understand, and appropriately act on information having to do with our health. As a medical librarian, some of the most challenging reference questions you ever answer will come from patients and their families. Become familiar with reliable sources of consumer health information. MedlinePlus is a great place to start. Recognize, too, that sometimes the best thing you have to offer a worried patient or family member is a sympathetic ear.
Medical librarianship just might be the most dynamic, rewarding career path you never thought about pursuing. If this post has piqued your interest, I encourage you to get connected with medical librarian community. We have a great association, Medical Library Association, an active listserv (details here: http://www.mlanet.org/discussion/medlibl.html) and our very own Twitter hashtag, #medlibs. I wish you the best of luck as you prepare for those interviews."

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Future Work Skills 2020 | Libraries Interact

Future Work Skills 2020 | Libraries Interact | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Future Work Skills 202o, via Michelle at Libraries Interact:

 

 

"The skills that IFTF sees as being required in such a work landscape are each related to at least one of the key drivers of change (as represented using colour in the summary map above).

The skills are:

Sense-making – being able to discover deeper meaning in what is being expressed
Social intelligence – being able to connect to other people more deeply and directly
Novel & adaptive thinking – being able to come up with solutions that are outside the box
Cross-cultural competency – being able to work in different cultural settings
Computational thinking – being able to make meaning out of vast amounts of data
New-media literacy – being fluent in new media forms
Transdisciplinary – being able to work in multiple disciplines
Design mindset – being able to plan our workplaces and workflows to achieve desired outcomes
Cognitive load management – being able to filter information and focus only on what is required
Virtual collaboration – being able to work effectively as part of a virtual team."

 

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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] | The Information Professional | 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
Beth Kanter
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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The librarian bonus - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

The librarian bonus - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Image source (by Jennifer LaGuarde aka Library Girl)

If you hire a professionally trained librarian and give them tech integration responsibilities, you get an experienced teacher who is knowledgeable about technology and how it can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom, can do a little trouble-shooting, and can offer professional development experiences on the use of technology. 

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The advantage of school librarians with technology integration skills!

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RuthEastham's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:05 AM

Another demonstration of where professional experience from a human adds value.

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Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century - Special Libraries Association

Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century - Special Libraries Association | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SLA members have explored and shared their vision of the competencies and skills required for specialized information management in many forums.

 

 

Prepared for the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors by the Special Committee on Competencies for Special Librarians
Eileen Abels, Rebecca Jones, John Latham, Dee Magnoni, Joanne Gard Marshall

What is an Information Professional?
An Information Professional (“IP”) strategically uses information in his/her job to advance the mission of the organization. The IP accomplishes this through the development, deployment, and management of information resources and services. The IP harnesses technology as a critical tool to accomplish goals. IPs include, but are not limited to librarians, knowledge managers, chief information officers, web developers, information brokers, and consultants.

- See more at: http://www.sla.org/about-sla/competencies/#sthash.KyZIHxR7.dpuf

 

PDF version here: http://sla.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/0_LRNCompetencies2003_revised.pdf

 

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Competencies and skills for Information Professional, Librarians and Archivists!

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Edge helps libraries evaluate and improve technology services

Edge helps libraries evaluate and improve technology services | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Edge helps libraries evaluate and improve technology services.'


"The Edge Initiative is a voluntary, assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities."

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Great initiative to stay relevant in the community!

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Library and repository communities join together to identify new competencies for academic librarians | LIBER

Library and repository communities join together to identify new competencies for academic librarians | LIBER http://t.co/ixmB5avbNq”

 

"The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.

 

Rapid changes in technology and associated shifts in research and scholarly communications are profoundly changing the role of libraries in the 21st century. The emergence of e-research, for example, is bringing about new ways of doing science across the globe, compelling libraries to adopt new services, such as assisting with the development of research data management plans, hosting collaborative virtual research environments, managing institutional repositories, and disseminating research outputs through open access mechanisms. These novel services require a range of new skills and expertise within the library community as well as a shift in organizational models for libraries."

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New competencies for librarians > to be announced in 2014!

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Екатерина Бессага's curator insight, October 26, 2014 9:37 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

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DIKW: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Librarians and their skill set

DIKW: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Librarians and their skill set | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Inna K(o)uper:

CLIR blog has recently posted a piece on re-skilling for librarians by Christa Williford, focusing on digital humanities librarianship. What kind of skills do librarians need in order to be relevant in contemporary research environments? The list can be pretty long, moreover, there might be multiple lists.

Another list was proposed in a report that Christa mentioned, “Re-skilling for research” by Research Libraries UK (RLUK). The report contains results of a series of studies that aimed to map the needs of researchers onto tasks to be undertaken by subject librarians.

The report is long, but the message is the same over and over: librarians’ roles and skills are quite limited and traditional; they do not match the needs. Subject librarians are not involved at the early stages of research that involve conceptualization and planning. Most of the services are still offered in the areas of literature search and information management (how to store and organize everything). Services that are related to data collection, management, analysis and preservation are in their infancy at best.

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Thoughts on the re-skilling of librarians! Interesting!

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NELLCO's curator insight, January 18, 2013 9:41 AM

A new (to me) verb: re-skilling. Need to mull this one over. Not sure if it's perfect or ridiculous.

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Library Intelligencer » The Scholar/Librarian Goes Digital: New Times Require New Skills and Aptitudes

IFLA Conference Paper:

 

Gillian M McCombs:

 

"The digital age may well be considered a golden age for Special Collections. Treasures that have long been locked in vaults and available only to researchers onsite are now accessible at the click of a mouse from anywhere in the world. However, for every stunning rare book, photograph or art work that is available electronically, thousands more are still inaccessible. Some libraries have been slow to realize the potential for digital access and have not built the infrastructure needed to put these collections out into the public eye. This paper addresses questions such as: are we hiring the right people for Special Collections; are we retooling current curators so that they are technically adept; are we providing our Special Collections Libraries with necessary resources such as marketing and graphics design staff to develop websites for digital exhibits; have they developed a strategic plan that outlines their long-term goals for incorporating technology; what are the consortial opportunities that will help our Special Collections Libraries; are we working closely enough with library schools and rare book programs to ensure that graduates have the skills, aptitude and attitude that we need?"

source: INFODocket

 

http://conference.ifla.org/sites/default/files/files/papers/wlic2012/87-mccombs-en.pdf