Hiring Librarians (www.hiringlibrarians.com), the blog about hiring librarians, is working with Hack Library School (http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/) to attempt to settle that age-old question, "do library schools actually teach what librarians need to know?"
If you're someone who hires librarians and would like to weigh in, please take the survey at http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey
Keep an eye on Hiring Librarians for initial results, which will be posted in the next week or so.
Which College Degrees Lead To Higher Unemployment [infographic]
You could choose a worse major... like Psychology, Fine Arts or History... but that's about it.
In the Netherlands, an innovative LibrarySchool welcomes its first students into a university program designed to educate a new wave of public librarians. It’s both an academic program and an incubator of ideas.
Read the full story here: Designing a New Kind of Library Education
The LibrarySchool emerged from a decade of experiments on the future of libraries that explored how we can shape our future, what role libraries play in society, and how collaboration can help keep libraries vital.
Read the full story here: Prototyping Tomorrow's Libraries
Courses I Wish They’d Offered in Library School:
Graphic Design for Libraries
"These are the classes I wished I could have taken (and hope that some places offer or start offering). What classes do you wish that you would have seen in library school? What classes would have been really beneficial for the work you are doing now?"
Putting the UX in Education
Just as UX can be further integrated into the library world by being incorporated into LIS curriculum, libraries creating UX librarian positions must work closely with LIS programs to ensure that coursework is well aligned with expectations. Only by breaking down the barriers between LIS curricula and the library world will we create the user-focused library.
Donald Wathen attended three colleges, earning a bachelor's and a master's degree. But he considers what he learned working at a supermarket the most valuable.
"I worked eight years at (the former) Dick's Finer Foods" on Marywood Drive, Wathen related. "I went to school and got my degrees. But I got my education at Dick's Finer Foods." "I learned a lot ... in terms of people, and it's all about people" he explained. "I learned at Dick's Finer Foods about service and how the public behaves and how you treat the public -- things that serve you well in whatever you did."
As Wathen approaches retirement Aug. 1 after 33 years as director of the Henderson County Public Library, he jokes about the changes in how libraries are run.
More from Courier Press.
ALA Learning Round Table and OCLC’s WebJunction collaborate to offer free online conference
Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century program is set for August 10–11
WebJunction, OCLC’s online learning community for library staff, and the ALA Learning Round Table, which promotes quality continuing education for all library personnel, will team up to offer a free, online learning and training conference August 10–11, 2011.
The conference, to include eight one-hour sessions over two days, will be hosted using the WebEx web conferencing tool, which will provide attendees with easy online access to all live sessions and the ability to interact with other attendees and presenters using text-based chat. Registration will open by June 1 when full conference details are available on WebJunction.org.
“Libraries are changing quickly and staff need more training than ever to navigate nimbly through change,” said Sharon Morris, ALA Learning Round Table President 2010–11. “This conference will help library trainers, managers and staff to find new ways to train, learn and keep up. The Learning Round Table members are excited to be working with WebJunction on this cutting-edge online conference.” -- Read More
TEDucation: 5 TED Talks Librarians Should Watch (and Why)
AndyW: "Ever since I was introduced to TED talks, I’ve sought them out when a new batch is available. Last year I had the privilege of attending the TEDxNJLibraries at the Princeton Public Library. It was great to listen to a range of speakers on a wide range of topics and stories while also being able to talk with others about the presentations. My attraction to these talks and the reason I am writing about them now is that I feel they are excellent perspectives from outside of the librarian echo chamber. Some have given me additional ideas for how to think and approach some of the issues that we as librarians face in the road ahead. I’ve linked some in my blog over the years but I wanted to highlight 5 TED talks that I think every librarian should watch."