Surveying the landscape <ul><li>Time of rapid change </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is a part of every job in libraries and ...
What skills should a tech-savvy 21 st  century librarian have?
Ability to embrace change
Commitment to public service/customer service orientation
Comfort in the online medium
Enthusiasm for learning new technologies
Ability to troubleshoot technologies
Patience and unflusterability
Enthusiasm for learning and keeping up
Project management skills
Ability to question and evaluate library services
Ability to evaluate the needs of all stakeholders
Vision to translate traditional library services into the online medium
Ability to compare and be critical of technologies
Diplomacy skills
Ability to sell ideas and library services
What can library schools do? <ul><li>No one graduates without basic tech skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teach more “big picture”...
What can we do? <ul><li>Encourage staff to play with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage people to try and solve their ...
Meredith Farkas Distance Learning Librarian Norwich University [email_address] http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/ AI...
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Riding the Shift: On Being a Successful 21st Century Librarian

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Given for the Education Institute in September 2006.
Explores the qualities that any successful 21st century librarian should have.

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Riding the Shift: On Being a Successful 21st Century Librarian

  1. 2. Surveying the landscape <ul><li>Time of rapid change </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is a part of every job in libraries and information organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Study of entry-level job advertisements 1982-2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers asking more of applicants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers want new grads with tech skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blended librarian positions </li></ul>
  2. 3. What skills should a tech-savvy 21 st century librarian have?
  3. 4. Ability to embrace change
  4. 5. Commitment to public service/customer service orientation
  5. 6. Comfort in the online medium
  6. 7. Enthusiasm for learning new technologies
  7. 8. Ability to troubleshoot technologies
  8. 9. Patience and unflusterability
  9. 10. Enthusiasm for learning and keeping up
  10. 11. Project management skills
  11. 12. Ability to question and evaluate library services
  12. 13. Ability to evaluate the needs of all stakeholders
  13. 14. Vision to translate traditional library services into the online medium
  14. 15. Ability to compare and be critical of technologies
  15. 16. Diplomacy skills
  16. 17. Ability to sell ideas and library services
  17. 18. What can library schools do? <ul><li>No one graduates without basic tech skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teach more “big picture” topics </li></ul><ul><li>Teach how to develop a strategy for continuing education after graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Teach practical management skills </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate tech and traditional classes </li></ul>
  18. 19. What can we do? <ul><li>Encourage staff to play with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage people to try and solve their own problems before asking for help </li></ul><ul><li>Make continuing education a priority and support it </li></ul><ul><li>Be a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Hire people with these competencies. Skills over experience </li></ul>
  19. 20. Meredith Farkas Distance Learning Librarian Norwich University [email_address] http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/ AIM: librarianmer Thank you!

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