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What are the necessary skills for a librarian in 2015?

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Presentation by Mairead Owens, County Librarian, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries, for the Information Skills for the Future event, organised by the Career Development Group of the Library Association of Ireland on April 2nd 2015

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What are the necessary skills for a librarian in 2015?

  1. 1. Skills for a Librarian in 2015?
  2. 2. Resilience / Tolerance of Uncertainty • dlr LexIcon - 7 Year Journey • Many milestones along the way
  3. 3. Influencing & Negotiating Skills • County Manager • Councillors • An Chomhairle Leabharlanna • Dept of Environment • Design Team
  4. 4. Project Management • dlr Capital Programme / €40 million • Extension to Deansgrange Library • New Blackrock Library • dlr LexIcon • Experienced Library Management Team • Roadmap & Budget Management
  5. 5. Logistics • Stock Management • New Collection Development • Branch clearance & closure • Co-ordinate Plans at a High Level • Facilities Management https://vimeo.com/123086315
  6. 6. Technology • Branch & HQ closure • How to procure, acquire, install & commission new equipment • Staff training • Move to digital collections
  7. 7. Staff • Culture • Changing Work Practices • Training / Upskilling • Communication • Negotiating with the Union • Workforce Planning
  8. 8. The Local Community / Customer Focus • Seven Year Journey • Initial Consultation at Planning Stage • Negative Media Coverage • Advocate rather than Defend • Key Community Stakeholders • Business Community
  9. 9. Political Environment • LGMA & Department • Local Public Representatives • Local Elections • Local Interest Groups • Council Management
  10. 10. Marketing & Public Relations • Engaged a Public Relations Company • Devised a PR Strategy • Advocate on Various Levels • Tours & Media Interviews • The Name • Signage
  11. 11. Project Fatique • Staff Morale & Energy Levels • Change Management • Health & Safety
  12. 12. Business As Usual • 7 Other Branch Libraries • Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival • Culture Night • Tender the Book Fund • National LMS
  13. 13. We Create & Curate Collections, Experiences & Spaces for Users

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