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A survival guide for the 21st century librarian A survival guide for the 21st century librarian Presentation Transcript

  • Technical Skills in light of Technology’s Impact on ChangingProfessional Roles
  • Change in External EnvironmentsModifications in the TechnologiesFlexibility and Adabtability of LISProfessionals
  • Hard Technical Skills andCompetenciesSoft Generic Skills and AttributesStatus of librarianshipInformation Literacy and InformalEducation
  • How to Navigate?
  • Roy Tennant’s discipline-specific knowledge and the vitalskills for managing digital collections:ImagingTechnologiesOptical CharacterRecognition (OCR)Mark-UpLanguages(HTML and XML)Cataloguing andMetadataIndexing andDatabaseTechnologyUser InterfaceDesignProgramming Web TechnologyProjectManagement
  • Choi and Rasmussenresearch (2009)DL Architecture andSoftwareKnowledge and Experiencewith MetadataIFLA Conference 2011Metadata is the core skillContent ManagementInformation RetrievalDatabase Development(FRBR, the Semantic Web,RDF and the SPARQL querylanguage
  • Ina Fourie research (2004) on librarians’ reactionsto new technologies:Technophobia SlownessFailure to be proactive Static teaching culture
  • Elias Tzoc and John Millard study of job announcements:Web design andweb standards (72%)Digital CollectionManagement (64%)Programming withScripting Languages(64%)Digital ContentManagement Systems(48%)Metadata standards(48%)XML Knowledge (48%)
  • Web Design and Web StandardsHTMLCSS(Cascading StyleShifts)Interface DesignCommon SoftwarePlatforms(like Dreamweaver)
  • Programming with Scripting LanguagesPHP(HypertextPreprocessor)Perl JavaScriptRuby Python
  • Digital Content Management SystemsDSpace CONTENTdm DrupalDLXS(Digital LibraryeXtensionService)WordPress
  • Social Media SkillsSEO (Search Engine Optimization)SMO (Social Media Optimization)HootsuitePodcastingYoutube/Vimeo Video makingLinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook Use
  • Other useful technical skillsAnalytics and Google AnalyticsPMP (Project Management Professional)CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and SIRSIFamiliarity with digital devices (Digital Camera, Digital VideoRecorder, Ipad, Kindle, ebooks, electronic audiobooks etc.)
  • ‘Librarians should be able to play with the technologies inthe library, to learn what problems commonly come up,and to fix them if necessary, because it is often ourresponsibility to fix them’
  • Comfortin OnlineMediumToleranceforChangeKeepingup withthe NewIdeasAbility toLearnCriticalEvaluation
  • Jennifer Rian ResearchThe importance ofperceptionThinking about possibilitiesChange of perceptionthroughexperiments, discussions,workshops etc.Sue Myburgh ResearchProblem SolvingTeamworkLifelong LearningInterdisciplinary KnowledgeCommunication Skills
  • Leadership style according to Erin Dini-Davis and DanielleTheiss-WhiteSupportandEncouragement
  • E-Learning andDistance Education(MOOC, Coursera etc.)Open Courses byUniversitiesSpecialized OnlineSchools(like W3schools)Alison’s Courses forupgrading DigitalSkillsSoftware andProgrammingLanguages OnlineTutorialsShort-term Coursesat Physical Sites
  • ‘Sixth Sense’: considering past experiencesScenario Implementations and ForecastingParaprofessional PositionsVolunteerships and InternshipsMemberships in Library and other AssociationsParticipating at Conferences
  • Lack of Technical Courses during the FormalEducationPursuing Continuing and Independent Self-EducationKeeping in Touch with RealityFollowing ChangeCritical EvaluationCollaborative DiscussionsReflective ThinkingEnthusiasm to Learn the Technologies