Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Maurice Coleman, and Paul Signorelli used the article “What is the Future of Librarians in Times of Pandemic?” as the jumping-off point for a conversation on skills we need to foster among our library peers. From the article:
…librarians must exercise critical thinking, data analysis, flexibility, leadership, and technology management. These are instrumental in creating a digital infrastructure that allows library services to remain in place during isolation. To publicize these services and keep connected with the community, librarians must have a working familiarity with the advanced communication and promotion methodologies used in marketing.
We talked about the need for data, learning how to be an administrator, how to fix the building, and more. Yes, we talked about what we think should be taught in library science programs. Listen to the show on Talkshoe or wherever you listen to podcasts.