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The Futureproof Librarian

Presented at Internet Library International 2019. What skills will library and information professionals need in the future? This presentation posits that information professionals do already have the skills they just need to be better at marketing and selling them to their organisations.

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The Futureproof Librarian

  1. 1. The futureproof librarian Denise Carter MSc MCLIP Internet Librarian International, Olympia, London 16 October 2019 Will they look like this? Or do they look like you?
  2. 2. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 2 The data lifecycle is no longer clear and distinct but interconnected and interdependent with open networks of data Data governance and data management is becoming increasingly complex The Opportunity
  3. 3. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 3 Future Skills McKinsey Global Institute predict 3skill sets workers will need by 2030 1. Higher cognitive skills  Advanced literacy and writing  Quantitative and statistical skills  Critical thinking and decision making  Project management  Complex information processing and interpretation  Creativity
  4. 4. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 4 2. Social and emotional skills  Advanced communication and negotiation skills  Interpersonal skills and empathy  Leadership and managing others  Entrepreneurship and initiative-taking  Adaptability and continuous learning  Teaching and training others3. Technological skills  Basic digital skills  Advanced IT skills and programming  Advanced data analysis  Mathematical skills  Technological design, engineering, and maintenance  Scientific research and development Future Skills
  5. 5. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 5 Information Professionals DO have the right skills NOW to capitalise on the opportunities new technologies and new innovations will offer. We ARE well-placed to help our own organisations and society by providing guidance and knowledge (and wisdom) on data governance, data quality, information literacy, and ethics.
  6. 6. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 6 Today’s Information Professional already has 3 essential futureproofed skills that we use daily  Curiosity  Ability to ask the right questions  Strong ethics Current Skills
  7. 7. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 7 BUT as a profession we need to be better at defining and claiming our hard skills. (And turning some soft skills into hard skills). Current Skills The reference interview Research, Analysis & Synthesis Customer service Vendor management & contract negotiation Etc., etc.
  8. 8. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 8 What information professionals must demonstrate (even if it doesn’t come naturally)  A strong voice – make ourselves heard  Our capacity to challenge – question rather than accept  That we should be expensive – what you do has value  The ability to think big picture and globally Expand Skills
  9. 9. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 9 New roles won’t come to us – now is not the time to be passive but to push ourselves forward and let the world know what we can do! New Roles There is a gap in the market Organisations do have the ability to use data and technology and get results without us. But we must be clear that for organisations to demonstrate excellence they need to exploit the hard and soft skills of the information professional.
  10. 10. October 2019 The futureproof librarian 10 Thank you Denise Carter, Managing Director, DCision Consult Competitive Intelligence & Information Management for Biopharmaceutical Companies Registered office: Rue Maurice Braillard 20, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland @dcisionconsult