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Basic Competencies of a 2.0 Librarian, take 2



From the comments on my Basic Competencies of a 2.0 Librarian, I have a few more competencies to add to the list (thank you commenters!):

  • Create, edit, and upload screencasts
  • Ability to do basic HTML editing – an understanding of (X)HTML and CSS. Here, I’m not wanting “web developer” skills – but someone who has enough of an understanding of HTML to be able to do basic edits, like add in the code to a Flickr image in a blog past, and then be able to edit that code enough to align the image properly. Etc…
  • know how to pick up a new device (mp3 player, mobile phone, etc) and figure out how to use it

So – adding these to my big list (and changing the wording on my list a bit), we have:

Specific 2.0 Skills:

  • 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 and the ability to explain them to others
  • create, upload and edit photos, short videos, podcasts, and screencasts
  • 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)
  • Ability to do basic HTML editing – an understanding of (X)HTML and CSS. Here, I’m not wanting “web developer” skills – but someone who has enough of an understanding of HTML to be able to do basic edits, like add in the code to a Flickr image in a blog past, and then be able to edit that code enough to align the image properly. Etc…
  • know how to pick up a new device (mp3 player, mobile phone, etc) and figure out how to use it
  • the ability to learn the basics of a new digital service or tool within 15 minutes of fiddling around with it and be able to assess them

“Big Picture” 2.0 skills:

  • understand how everything above works in a library setting
  • understand how everything above compliments a physical, traditional library
  • And most importantly – the ability to tell the library’s story, through various media – writing, photography, audio, and video.

One commenter suggested an understanding of creative commons licensing be added to this list. I’m not adding it to my 2.0 Librarian list. Instead, i think EVERY librarian, 2.0 or not, should understand Creative Commons, just like every librarian should understand the basics of Copyright.

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  • http://www.newjackalmanac.ca/newjacklibrarian.html Mita

    One thing that struck me as I was reading your list was that there was no explicit mention of competnecies related to research tools in web 2.0.

    So I would suggest adding:
    – ability to understand the difference between a dynamic URL and an permanent URL
    – knowledge of OpenURL
    – basic understanding of social bookmarking and citation management tools
    – awareness of the invisible web

  • http://www.newjackalmanac.ca/newjacklibrarian.html Mita

    One thing that struck me as I was reading your list was that there was no explicit mention of competnecies related to research tools in web 2.0.

    So I would suggest adding:
    – ability to understand the difference between a dynamic URL and an permanent URL
    – knowledge of OpenURL
    – basic understanding of social bookmarking and citation management tools
    – awareness of the invisible web

  • Lissa

    Presumably the 2.0 Librarian is retaining all of the skills that the 1.0 Librarian possessed, yes? Because this list doesn’t include -evaluating electronic information sources, assisting customers with all of the above, etc.

    Also, I think that one of the contentious points of this discussion has been the misunderstanding that you alluded to at the end of this post — not every librarian is a 2.0 Librarian. For my own enlightenment, could you tell me more about who the 2.0 librarian is? (because I think I am one, and I’m not sure what that means!)

  • http://libraryrevolution.com/ Emily

    I second the nomination of understanding persistent URLs vs. dynamic.

    And I’m glad you added basic HTML. I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy if some of the librarians I know would just know how to add a simple link.

  • http://libraryrevolution.com Emily

    I second the nomination of understanding persistent URLs vs. dynamic.

    And I’m glad you added basic HTML. I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy if some of the librarians I know would just know how to add a simple link.

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  • Lissa

    Presumably the 2.0 Librarian is retaining all of the skills that the 1.0 Librarian possessed, yes? Because this list doesn't include -evaluating electronic information sources, assisting customers with all of the above, etc.

    Also, I think that one of the contentious points of this discussion has been the misunderstanding that you alluded to at the end of this post — not every librarian is a 2.0 Librarian. For my own enlightenment, could you tell me more about who the 2.0 librarian is? (because I think I am one, and I'm not sure what that means!)

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