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* Thursday, July 21, 2005

20 Technology Skills Every Librarian Should Have

Last month, T.H.E. Journal posted an interesting article titled 20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have and briefly defined each.

  1. Word Processing Skills
  2. Spreadsheets Skills
  3. Database Skills
  4. Electronic Presentation Skills
  5. Web Navigation Skills
  6. Web Site Design Skills
  7. E-Mail Management Skills
  8. Digital Cameras
  9. Computer Network Knowledge Applicable to your School System
  10. File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
  11. Downloading Software From the Web (Knowledge including eBooks)
  12. Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
  13. WebCT or Blackboard Teaching Skills
  14. Videoconferencing skills
  15. Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
  16. Scanner Knowledge
  17. Knowledge of PDAs
  18. Deep Web Knowledge
  19. Educational Copyright Knowledge
  20. Computer Security Knowledge

It's a pretty good list, and it becomes useful for us if we substitute the word "librarian" for "educator" throughout, even for items like #13 about WebCT and Blackboard because you have to understand the distance learning you'll be supporting more and more in the future (speaking from a public librarian perspective).

Of course, for librarians I would make it a top 25 list and add blogs, RSS, IM, wikis, and audio ebooks right from the beginning.

I'd like to see MLS do a series of workshops, either online or f2f, that would help librarians learn all 25 skills. We could even do annual updates.

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My Alma Mater Is Blogging!

Steven notes that the University of Illinios, Urbana-Champaign libraries are blogging now – w00t! I gave a presentation about blogging and RSS there earlier this year, so I’m especially pleased to see this. I’m drowning in nostalgia because I was a graduate assistant in the Education and Social Sciences Library, where my focus was on The School Collection

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One Book, Five Landscapes, Six Partners, Endless Possibilities, and Two States?

One Book, Five Landscapes, Six Partners, Endless Possibilities

You may well be familiar with the community-reading concept pioneered in Seattle by Nancy Pearl. But have you ever thought of applying this engaging concept to Ohio's library community? What if staff in all kinds of libraries ¾ academic, public, school, and special ¾ read the same book? This year six Ohio library leadership partners encourage you to read the Environmental Scan and to join with professional colleagues in a statewide professional reading program of ongoing discussion and education. Beginning in May, continuing through the summer, and culminating at Ohio Library Council's annual conference in October, you have the opportunity to read a book that stretches the way you think and at the same time connect with colleagues around the state.” [OCLC, via It’s All Good]

This is a very intriguing concept, and I see lots of applications of the concept. It would be pretty cool to have librarians reading this type of literature simultaneously and then coming together to discuss, brainstorm, and implement. So many applications – at MLS, I think we could use this within our Zephyr Innovation Program (which I still need to write up here, I know), across the System in general, or even just in Illinois in general? Of course, it’s too late to add anything for this year’s Illinois Library Association conference, but….

I’m especially intrigued by the following excerpt from the OBFLSPEP description linked above:

Attend the 2005 OLC Annual Conference in Columbus---especially on Thursday, October 6, 2005 when an entire conference track will be devoted to sessions, presenters, and discussion sponsored by the leadership partners and related to this reading project. Additionally, there'll be updated information on new trends that have emerged since the book's introduction in 2003 . Preliminary information about the conference is available on the OLC Web site. Complete details of the conference agenda will be available in August 2005.”

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