The contemporary librarian : skills, knowledge and attributes required in a world of emerging technologies

Partridge, Helen L., Menzies, Victoria, Lee, Julie M., & Munro, Carrie (2010) The contemporary librarian : skills, knowledge and attributes required in a world of emerging technologies. Library and Information Science Research, 32(4), pp. 265-271.

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Seventy-six librarians participated in a series of focus groups in support of research exploring the skills, knowledge and attributes required by the contemporary library and information professional in a world of every changing technology. The project was funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Text data mining analysis revealed three main thematic clusters (libraries, people, jobs) and one minor thematic cluster (community). Library 2.0 was broadly viewed by participants as being about change whilst librarian 2.0 was perceived by participants as not a new creation but just about good librarian practices. Participants expressed the general belief that personality traits, not just qualifications, were critical to be a successful librarian or information worker in the future.

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ID Code: 37997
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: skill and knowledge, library and information science, web 2.0, new and emerging technologies
DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2010.07.001
ISSN: 0740-8188
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2010 21:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:17

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