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Why learning about Emerging Technologies is part of every librarian's Job

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Copy of the accompanying paper can be downloaded from: http://librariansmatter.com/published/EducauseAustralia09/GreenhillEmergingTechReasonsRevised.doc ...

Copy of the accompanying paper can be downloaded from: http://librariansmatter.com/published/EducauseAustralia09/GreenhillEmergingTechReasonsRevised.doc

In the last two years, several libraries have conducted formal learning programmes to familiarise staff with emerging technologies. Learning about new technologies should not begin and end with a formal learning programme, but should become part of every librarian’s job.

As staff learn about disruptive new web tools, then it is likely that the workplace will change to become a more flexible and nimble environment – reflecting the rapid change and flexibility that is happening online. Managers should be prepared for this, and for resistance to this change.

There are several objections staff raise when asked to make time for learning about new technologies in their already overcrowded day. Anyone implementing a staff learning programme needs to listen to these objections with respect and try to address these concerns.

If library staff understand why they should learn about emerging technologies, then they are more likely to find time to do so. This paper outlines twenty one reasons why learning about emerging technologies is part of every librarian’s job.

The paper concludes by offering some techniques for motivated staff to find time to learn about new technologies – either in a formal programme or as personal and professional development

Presented at Educause Australasia 2009, Perth Western Australia 5 May 2009

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  • snespeca Sabrina Nespeca, Librarian at Library This is just great moral support for librarians who want to inspire management and peers to try emerging technologies! Tools you can use. 4 years ago
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  • guest8505ac guest8505ac I have just found this by mistake!!! I am training to become a librarian (at the age of 50!!!) and am interested in how these new technologies are being used in the context of the library. I am teaching myself how to use the 'social network' - facebook, twitter etc and am interested how these could be used re. interaction with library users. I enjoyed listening to this 'slide show' - it has been very informative.....now I need to find out how I got here!!!! 4 years ago
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  • mkp1957 mkp1957 Great stuff. Thanks Kathryn. 4 years ago
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  • heyjudeonline Judy O'Connell, Lecturer, Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University Awesome! You've said all I meant to say. Thanks!! 4 years ago
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  • pbromberg Peter Bromberg at Bromberg Consulting Wonderful Presentation Kathryn, thanks for sharing. The content and supporting graphics are a knockout. Informative AND inspiring! 4 years ago
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