(By Helen Partridge)
This is a very interesting article
presenting the results of a project that identified the skills, knowledge and attributes required by the successful librarian in the web 2.0 world (and beyond!)
Some interesting quotes:
[…] librarian 2.0 must “know how to maintain their own [ongoing professional] education.
Librarians in a 2.0 world engage in reflective practice, they “have a knowledge of oneself … they know their own strengths.” They are willing to grow with the job. These librarians are not only willing to be outside of their comfort zone but actually learned how to be “comfortable within being out of their comfort zone.”
Web 2.0 requires librarians to take on the role of educator, trainer, or guide. They must be able to explain complex things and help individual users and communities to make the best use of the available technology within their workplace or everyday life. Librarian 2.0 understands how people learn.
Librarian 2.0 must be able to build relationships and partnerships and establish networks with individuals and groups wherever it is needed. He or she needs to be a team player and be able to work collaboratively across disciplines.
In the Web 2.0 world LIS professionals are driven by a focus on people, not resources. They help to create communities.
They need to have good project management skills. They should be outcome focused and able to multitask and manage their time well.
Librarians in a 2.0 world have an open mind and are willing to try new things and learn from their failures—their mantra is “just do it.” They know that it is okay to feel like a novice. They are willing to let go of the rules and to deal with ambiguity.