Archive for May, 2009

Recently another conference paper discussing ‘librarian 2.0’ competencies has been made available online via the E-prints in Library and Information Science archive (E-LIS).  The paper, “Social Networking Literacy Competencies for Librarians: Exploring Considerations and Engaging Participation” by Joe Murphy and Heather Moulaison, was presented earlier this year at the 14th National ACRL Conference, and discusses some suggested competencies for librarians engaging with online social networking tools.

The authors list the following competencies as necessary for social networking literate librarians:

  1. Understanding and articulating social networking sites and their goals
  2. Creating content
  3. Evaluating information
  4. Applying information ethically and legally
  5. Searching and navigating
  6. Interacting
  7. Teaching
  8. Providing services
  9. Flexibility

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…

The entire paper is available to download via E-LIS.

You might like to think about how these skills compare to ideas of librarian competencies before the explosion of web 2.0 technologies. 

Remember that you are always welcome to share your thoughts on our “Librarian 2.0?” page as well.


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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…

Click here to read the full Campus Review article “It’s bigger than just libraries”.

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Recently EDUCAUSE Australasia 2009 took place from 3-6 May in Perth, Western Australia.  One of the presenters there was Kathryn Greenhill, a librarian working at Murdoch University Library who also maintains her own blog.  She presented a paper titled “Why Learning about Emerging Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job”, which you can read by clicking on the link.  You can view the accompanying slideshow for the presentation at Kathryn’s blog, or by clicking to play the embedded version below:

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.

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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:

JISC Podcast: “A self-confessed geek on JISC’s ‘Developer Happiness’ event” (duration 12.50)  Source

A transcript of the audio file has also been made available at the JISC website for those unable to listen to the podcast.

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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