IFLA Satellite Meeting, Cooperation and Collaboration in Teaching and Research Trends in Library and Information Studies Education
Technology skills have entered the LIS curriculum, but an overlooked variable in employability is often the perception of graduates’ soft skills. Communication skills, consensus-building and strategic thinking are critical to employers and by integrating coursework, internship experience, and networking opportunities as part of the core educational experience new graduates can set themselves apart as they enter the workforce. Research shows that programs that most effectively prepare future digital librarians are those that complement theory with interdisciplinary practice by developing partnerships and offer mentoring opportunities. This paper presents two perspectives identifying strategies to help develop leadership skills for the digital library field, representing the view of a new graduate employed in a digital library and a practicing librarian engaged in mentoring and training future digital librarians.
Digital libraries; Interns (Library science); Library education; Technology--Library resources; Training
Library and Information Science
Lampert, C. K.,
Tales From the Field: The right mix of theory, practice, and soft skills for educating digital library leaders.
Presentation at IFLA Satellite Meeting, Cooperation and Collaboration in Teaching and Research Trends in Library and Information Studies Education,
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/libfacpresentation/79