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Things you wish they had taught you in library school

Posted by andrewey on October 9, 2008

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?


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A cross sector library training consortium in practice – North Wales Libraries Training Group

Posted by andrewey on October 1, 2008

The NWLTG has been in existence for many years. It was revived in 2003 as a forum for local library employers to help support Coleg Llandrillo’s Information & Library Services NVQ provision. However, the training group soon developed a remit for general library training for staff across North Wales and has received funding for its activities from the National Assembly, via CyMAL, for the last four years. Regional training groups have existed in Wales for many years but the NWLTG was unique in that it has always included representation from outside the public library sector.

The group currently consists of the 6 local authority library services, 2 HE institutions, 7 FE colleges, in addition to NHS and school library services. The regional training groups in Wales now come under the remit of the CyMAL Regional Development Officers (RDOs) which means every Welsh region has its own group – whose activities are open to all library staff in that region.

The NWLTG plans training activities for the region, aimed primarily at frontline staff although also offering training relevant to professionally qualified staff. In recent years the group has organised training on reader development, web 2.0, presentations skills, basic skills awareness, advocacy training and dealing with challenging behaviour. The group has used external trainers as well as making using of expertise from within the group.

The group has the following activities planned for 2008/9 (all of which are free to library staff in the region) and the group is currently working on developing a programme of job swaps and job shadowing across sectors within the region:

Thursday October 16 – Internet searching & ICT support  (Rhyl Public library)

Friday November 14 – Internet Safety & Web 2.0 (Colwyn Bay Public Library)

Monday December 1 – Information sharing – using VLEs, Web 2.0 and community information portals (Deeside College)

Wednesday January 28 – Delivering Information Literacy (Coleg Llandrillo)

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