A collective blog for those working on the project.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
IT Skills or Information Skills?
The closing question to the panel from my session at ILI2009 a couple of weeks ago related to what skills we thought would be most desirable in the librarian of the future. My response was something along the lines of 'be able to write a good query', the thinking being that if a researcher or undergraduate goes to a subject librarian asking for help, it might be useful if they went away with a good query they could run repeatedly as a saved (persistent, alert raising) search, rather than just leaving with one or two particular references.
So this got me thinking: what are the differences between information skills and information technology skills?
As far as I know, public commenting still doesn't work on this blog, so what skills are you going to have to invoke to be able comment on this post, and what skills am I going to have to use to find those comments...?
The Arcadia Project is a three-year project funded by a generous grant from the Arcadia Fund to explore the role of academic libraries in a digital age. A major part of the project is a Fellowship Program which brings interesting people to Cambridge to work on aspects of this very broad subject. We have a project website which serves as the hub for our more formal activities. This blog is an informal space for exchanging ideas, contacts and sources.