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A must-have, must-know and must-etc in order to survive as a Librarian.
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A day in the life of a librarian - The Daily Cougar

A day in the life of a librarian - The Daily Cougar | What makes a Librarian? | Scoop.it

A day in the life of a librarian The Daily Cougar “I think you'll hear people say, 'With the Web, why do we need libraries or why do we need librarians,' and I actually think you need us more. Kerry Creelman, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach, is one of a team of 17 people working in liaison services, the front line of student outreach and education. Creelman is dedicated to finding ways to better serve students and improve grades and, in turn, student success


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 27, 2013 3:19 AM
Who do we still need librarians?
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An Essential Skill for All Librarians

An Essential Skill for All Librarians | What makes a Librarian? | Scoop.it

"If I can't beat the gurus, sherpas, and assorted sages, I'm going to join them. Today I'm going to tell you, fellow librarians, the most basic, core skill that all of you need, more important than coding, cataloging, database searching, or anything else. It’s a subject barely taught in library schools, and yet mastery of it will do more for your career than just about anything actually taught there. What is librarianship really about? It’s about communication. And where there’s communication, you need rhetoric. ...

 

"Think about all the communication that goes on in libraries every day: phone calls, meetings, emails, IMs, negotiations, reference questions, performance reviews, grant proposals, instruction sessions, research guides, cover letters, job interviews; every one of these interactions is about communication with an audience for a purpose and could benefit from improved rhetorical skill and knowledge of rhetorical theory and techniques.

 

"Before you learn whatever new thing you’re planning to learn, learn rhetoric first. Then practice it for a few years. You’ll thank me later."

 

More here: http://blogs.princeton.edu/librarian/2013/03/essential-skill-all-librarians/


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:59 AM

Ackn. -" . . .  It’s a subject barely taught in library schools, and yet mastery of it will do more for your career than just about anything actually taught there. What is librarianship really about? It’s about  communication"

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5 Ways Librarians Can Repurpose Their Job Experiences

5 Ways Librarians Can Repurpose Their Job Experiences | What makes a Librarian? | Scoop.it

Here are 5 tips on how librarians can repurpose their job experiences: blogging, creating a workshop, publishing an article, making an online presentation, and speaking at a library conference.

 

Details here: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2013/5-easy-ways-librarians-can-repurpose-their-job-experiences/

 


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As a manager, how can I support our library staff who use social media on our behalf? | From the floor

"What kind of support should I be asking for from management?" and "How can I support our staff?"

1. Give them your trust - Wholeheartedly.

2. Give them dedicated time

3. Get out of their way


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:49 AM

Managing social media in the library! Good tips!

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10 of the Coolest Librarians Alive – Flavorwire

10 of the Coolest Librarians Alive – Flavorwire | What makes a Librarian? | Scoop.it

Face it: most librarians are probably cooler than you. After all, their job is to wrangle books, attract readers, and then get the two together — one of our own favorite activities. Though for many years, the librarian stereotype was a severe old lady who couldn’t stand excessive noise, the mold has changed (to the extent that even the New York Times has noticed). Now, many librarians are punk-rock agents of social change, complete with tattoos, tech savvy, and new ideas to get books to the people. After the jump, meet just a few of the very coolest librarians alive — and since we know there are hundreds out there, add your favorite book lender (or yourself) in the comments.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, March 28, 2013 5:22 AM

Cool librarians! Inspiring!