A while back, Meredith Schwartz of Library Journal emailed me (and a whole bunch of other folks much smarter than me) to ask my thoughts on skills that future librarians will need. The article came out a few days ago and is a nice list of skills that are important for all librarians. Some of my comments were included in a section at the end about academic librarians.
Just for kicks, and in the interest of full transparency, below is what I was asked, and my full answers.
What do you want library schools to be teaching that they’re not already? What do you expect librarians to have to do in the future that’s not already part of their job description?
- I can’t pretend to know the breadth and depth of what library schools are teaching now, so I really wouldn’t want to presume to tell them what they should start teaching.
- I have only worked in research libraries, so my answers are from that perspective.