There was an interesting survey conducted by Meredith Farkas on the core competencies that librarians felt should be taught in American library schools.
Given that I’m currently working on developing a Foundation Degree in Library & Information Management I’d be interested to hear what other librarians felt were the most useful skills they’d learnt in library school and what skills they think are most important for the next generation of library & information professionals.
I’m sure that the experience of librarians in the UK in this respect will be similar to that of our counterparts in the US but it would be interesting to test this hypothesis.
For me the most valuable part of the one year postgraduate course I undertook was the 4 week placement I did at Stockport College of Further & Higher Education library as it demonstrated how the skills taught in library school could be applied.
In terms of future skills, I think the primary one is advocacy skills in terms of the ability to articulate the role of the library & information professional and to highlight the skills and benefits that can be brought to an organisation.
Of course this is a composite skill and assumes that all the underlining skills identified in Meredith’s survey are met eg management, customer care, web 2.0, teaching etc.
So what did you think was the most important skill you learnt at library school and what should library schools be concentrating on teaching in the future?