Office Hours Extra: The New Reality 3!/mickjacobsen/status/25217483560460288

I shared this with my Participatory Service & Emerging Technologies class. Skokie PL librarian Mick Jacobsen finds himself in the new reality: developing Web sites as part of his work but without the title or duties of web developer noted in his job description. It makes me wonder – are the proficiencies necessary to create online info environments (think Info architecture, if you will) and online communities becoming part of the greater skill set of the 21st Century Librarian?

3 thoughts on “Office Hours Extra: The New Reality

  • Anna Martino

    yes. It is becoming more and more of the reality. All these 21st century skills are necessary for our jobs as librarians. It’s either we are web developing or integrating technology in some way. I’m a school librarian and I find that I need to be much more proficient in these things.

  • Domino

    You honestly don’t even have to wonder if you look at 9/10ths of the current jobs being posted online these days. I think that three out of four reference jobs all seem to “require” or “prefer” librarians with html, css, drupal, etc skills and frankly it sort of pisses me off. I understand that YES, these are important skills and that an online presence and outreach are staples these days, but I don’t see why *every single librarian* in an institution seems to *need* to have these skills straight out of grad school. For those of us who grew up away from a higher education hub, being a *non- IT worker* in the available public library never seemed to include more than knowing how to use databases and direct patrons to appropriate resources. Then I get to grad school and suddenly the profession is telling you “you’re never going to get a job unless you can hand-code a website with html or create widgets”. I’d just like to find a librarian job to apply for that doesn’t seem to require an undergrad major in computer science. Sometimes being a newbie desperate for a job makes you realize how incompetent and under-skilled you seem in the face of a monolithic job market.

  • h

    I am now an elearning coordinator and web admin because of the skills I learned in grad school that allowed me to follow this path as a librarian. Granted, I did an MLIS and not an MLS. But, I did the MLIS because I could already see the tech capacity of librarianship as something that would do nothing but grow. It is a requirement for many professionals now, and librarians will not be the exception. The trend toward the merger of IT and library skills is not bad, in my opinion, and I still do collection development and a lot of service and reference (best thing ever!). And, to top it all off, I don’t work in a library but I work as a librarian.

    I understand Domino’s complete frustration with desperation for a job, but I will add that the feelings of incompetence and being under-skilled will go away as you persist in manifesting your career. Define yourself as you wish, no matter what the job market tells you. THAT is the core strength of librarianship as a profession and it will make you happier to have exercised as much choice as you have.

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