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Panel on Skills for the Future


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Brief presentation on a panel focused on Skills for the Future presented Oct. 6, 2009 at the MLA TriChapter Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (Medical Library Association Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia Regional, and New York-New Jersey chapters).

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Panel on Skills for the Future

  1. 1. Librarian Skills for the Future by Greg R. Notess
  2. 2. Search, Tech, & Shopping <ul><li>Searching: Commercial & Free </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping: Purchasing </li></ul>
  3. 3. Searching Finding Relevant Information Quickly or at Least Appearing To
  4. 4. Searching Skills <ul><li>Knowing Sources: Online & Off </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Omnivores of Information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Techniques, Tricks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Truncation, Word Order, Cache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filters, Limits, Boolean </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Simple vs. Advanced <ul><li>Teach Simple Search Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May Be All That Is Remembered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or What Is Most Commonly Used </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demo Advanced Techniques </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Show Your Expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And When They Should Call on You </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Search: Warnings <ul><li>Make sure complex query </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works better than a simple query </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Technology Our Servant or Master?
  8. 8. Tech Skills <ul><li>Not Everything – Many Things </li></ul><ul><li>Select Specific Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Take Time to Explore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially for the Treasures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stay Aware of New Technologies </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tech: Warnings <ul><li>Don’t Get Lost in Latest Fads </li></ul><ul><li>IM, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay at Front of Curve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know How It Works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t Lose Yourself In It </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Shopping Fight the Salami
  11. 11. Purchasing & Acquisition <ul><li>Finding the Best Deal </li></ul><ul><li>With the Most Relevant Content </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Access to Other Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Without Users Knowing Purchase </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(But Make Sure They Do) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Shopping: Warning <ul><li>The Salami Approach to Sales </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slice & Dice Into Smaller Packages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Income for Seller </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Questions?