Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Are you Librarian 2.0?

In this new Web 2.0 environment one often hears the question: how do information professionals maintain relevancy in a world where the Internet, emerging technologies and rival information providers such as Google are perceived as satisfying the information needs of our clients, usurping primacy in a field which we have long dominated?

My seemingly logical answer, is to provide you with my personal checklist of competencies (professional and personal) required to become Librarian 2.0:

√ Have the capacity to learn constantly and quickly
√ Monitor new ways of organizing and accessing resources
√ Monitor trends in technology
√ Possess the temperament to work independently as well as work on a team
√ Have the propensity to take risks and work under pressure
√ Be service/user oriented
√ Be skillful at enabling and fostering change
√ Have a sense of humor (most important)
√ Be committed to continuing education (formal and informal). A great place to start is by completing the Learning 2.0 Program All you need is 15 minutes a day.
√ Conducting research and publishing results
√ Reading professional literature - especially outside your field
√ Become actively, and in some instances, brazenly involved in ILS design and usability studies
√ Continue the cooperation and collaboration among the global community of librarians
√ Become an advocate for the profession by marketing the value of Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0 to decision makers.

If you are interested in reading more about the links between Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0. read my recent article in Computers in Libraries Nov/Dec 2009 issue. The article is titled Web 2.0, Library 2.0, Library User 2.0, Librarian 2.0: Innovative Services for Sustainable Libraries.

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