Being “Librarian 2.0”: It’s all in the attitude

By Helen Partridge

Published Dec 1, 2011 in the Newsletter Issue: Librarian 2.0 and Beyond — December 2011

A recent Australian study identified the skills and knowledge that library and information professionals require in the Web 2.0 world. Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, the study involved 81 librarians participating in a series of focus groups. The study concluded that a so-called “Librarian 2.0” needs a complex mix of transferable skills, including teamwork, communication, business skills, lifelong learning and personal traits such as creativity, flexibility, adaptability and persistence. However, the study’s most interesting finding is that concepts like Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0 are “a watershed” for the Australian profession.

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Courtesy: Elsevier Library Connect

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