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Basic Competencies of a 2.0 Librarian



Update: see my Basic Competencies of a 2.0 Librarian, Take 2 – it’s an expanded list.

Emily, at the Library Revolution blog, posted about minimum tech competencies she thinks librarians should have. Her list is certainly fine – but I share her frustrations when glancing at that list! Those are all very basic skills that some librarians still don’t have, unfortunately.

And so I started to think: what are some competencies a 2.0 librarian should have? I’m refraining from calling them tech competencies, even though they all reside on the computer – I think we need to get away from calling something a tech competency just because it’s done on the computer. Most of these skills are similar to word processing – the skill of writing isn’t a tech competency, even though you most likely use MS Word to do it these days, for example.

So – here’s David’s off-the-cuff Library 2.0 Competencies:

  • write and post to a blog
  • add photos and videos to a blog post
  • embed a widget into blogs and social networking accounts (like Myspace)
  • social network knowledge – basic understanding of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc
  • shoot, upload and edit photos
  • shoot, upload and edit short videos
  • record, edit and upload a podcast
  • use IM in different forms
  • use and explain rss and rss readers to others
  • send and read sms text messages
  • edit an avatar’s appearance
  • basic console gaming skills (multiple formats preferred)

And then, a few bonus skills that go beyond the basics (but are still essential in this new era):

  • understand how everything above can cohesively fit together
  • understand how everything above compliments a physical, traditional library
  • the ability to learn the basics of a new digital service or tool within 15 minutes of fiddling around with it
  • And most importantly – the ability to tell the library’s story, through various media – writing, photography, audio, and video.

What do you think? Would you add or remove anything from this list? I know I’m forgetting some of the non-web library 2.0 things… Let me know!

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  • http://umhealthyorgs.wordpress.com/ Deb Nystrom

    Glad to see this post, as well as the dialog. Technical competencies is a bit confusing in that we use technical/function to mean competencies specific to a job, vs. organizational competencies as those that everyone should have connected to organizational values, mission, vision, all that. So with that detail mentioned, I think it is great to see a blog/conversational approach to building a useful list of position specific and current competencies. The blog commentary is especially helpful. Thanks, and I’m citing your blog in my new fledgling blog having to do with building healthy organizations. A good part of that is open conversations and giving and managing feedback in skilled ways.

  • Kamal

    This topis makes me confused, because I am a librarian that less of ability of information and communication technology. But I am interrest in this topic, I hope DEB NYSTROM, will help me to talk more about this topic. Would you please give me further information about this via my e-mail : kamalgrt@yahoo.com (I am librarian in Indonesia)

  • Kamal

    This topis makes me confused, because I am a librarian that less of ability of information and communication technology. But I am interrest in this topic, I hope DEB NYSTROM, will help me to talk more about this topic. Would you please give me further information about this via my e-mail : kamalgrt@yahoo.com (I am librarian in Indonesia)

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