The authors list the following competencies as necessary for social networking literate librarians:
Understanding and articulating social networking sites and their goals
Applying information ethically and legally
Searching and navigating
From the paper:
…Librarians need a new branch of skill sets specific to utilizing and leveraging social networking sites to provide quality services and maintain their role as information experts in a Web 2.0 world.
The following competencies are a suggested set of skills that librarians should possess as social networking literate information professionals capable of implementing library services and utilizing information within social networking sites…
A recent article in Campus Review talks about some of the ways that academic libraries (and consequently librarians) are changing in response to increased digitisation of resources. From the article:
The next generation of professional librarians are enrolled in information management degrees. They need to be given the explosion in digital information, reports Jeremy Gilling.
The information revolution has transformed the world of libraries. Books are still borrowed, though in decreasing numbers, while information is increasingly held in electronic form. Librarians’ role now is to guide students and staff through an increasingly self-service environment, and spaces are being redesigned to facilitate this process…
Slideshow by Kathryn Greenhill: “Why Learning about New Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job”Source
Kathryn’s paper talks about workplace learning programmes for staff learning about web 2.0 technologies, as well as techniques for finding the time to learn about these technologies. A few of the comments on our “Librarian 2.0?” page lately have been related to the fact that it is hard for some LIS professionals to find time within their job to focus on the issue of web/library 2.0. Twenty-one reasons are listed in the paper as to why it is important for librarians to learn about new technologies, including as a way of increasing our skills. Kathryn was also awarded a Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship for the paper.
You might find it interesting to have a look at the paper and the presentation, and to think about the extent to which you see learning about web 2.0 technologies as forming part of your own job as an LIS professional. As always comments can be directed to the discussion on our “Librarian 2.0?” page.
The latest podcast from JISC, “A self-confessed geek on JISC’s ‘Developer Happiness’ event”, talks about ways web 2.0 is having an impact on e-learning developments. At the beginning of the interview David Flanders (Digital Library and e-Learning Programme Manager at JISC) talks about how web 2.0 is enabling a more informal type of learning, as well as enhancing learning in higher education. The development of some specific learning innovations is discussed, and in the last few minutes of the interview some implications for library and information professionals in higher education are mentioned.
You can listen to the podcast by going to the JISC website, or by clicking to play below:
It is interesting to think about how web 2.0 is changing not only the content but the delivery of learning for information professionals. As always, we would be happy for you to share your comments and join in the discussion on our “Librarian 2.0?” page!
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