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1 Skills LIS Students Need and How Practitioners & Educators Can Collaborate to Provide Them From One Adjunct Instructor’s Perspective Bobby Bothmann Bobby Bothmann Metadata & Emerging Technologies Librarian Minnesota State University, Mankato Adjunct Instructor Graduate School of Library & Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2 Overview  Desired Competencies  Competencies LIS Teaches  Competencies LIS Practitioners Offer  The Intersection of the Competencies  Collaboration Opportunities All images used are

3 Definitions Competence (Competences)  Oxford English Dictionary  4.a. Sufficiency of qualification; capacity to deal adequately with a subject. Competency (Competencies)  Merriam-Webster Online  Industry jargon  An ability or skill

4 ALA Core Competencies 1. Foundations of the Profession 2. Information Resources 3. Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information 4. Technological Knowledge and Skills 5. Reference and User Services 6. Research 7. Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning 8. Administration and Management

5 Instructor Wish List  Critical thinking  Curiosity  Holistic visioning  Open-minded listening  Patience  Time management Source: Facebook Poll

6 Competencies We Teach Typically Taught  Authority control  Descriptive cataloging  Classification schemes  Standards  Subject analysis Possibly Included by Some  Original vs. Copy Cataloging  Research & Publication  Technological applications Source: Hall-Ellis, 2008

7 Skills LIS Practitioners Offer  Administrative awareness  Authority control  Descriptive cataloging  Classification schemes  Collaborative initiatives  Communication  Holistic visioning  Organizational management  Original vs. Copy Cataloging  Research & Publication  Standards  Subject analysis  Technological applications Source: ALA 2009; Bello and Mansor, 2013; Hall-Ellis, 2008; MAGERT, 2008

8 Necessary Competencies  Administrative awareness  Advocacy & Outreach  Authority control  Classification schemes  Collaborative initiatives  Communication skills  Critical thinking  Descriptive cataloging  Holistic visioning  Interpersonal skills  Multilingual proficiencies  Open-minded listening  Organizational management  Original vs. Copy Cataloging  Patience  Project Management  Standards  Subject analysis  Technological applications Source: ALA 2009; Bello and Mansor, 2013; Halll-Ellis, 2008; MAGERT, 2008

9 The Intersection Shared LIS Competencies  Administrative awareness  Authority control  Classification schemes  Collaborative initiatives  Descriptive cataloging  Holistic visioning  Organizational management  Subject analysis Unclaimed Competencies  Advocacy & Outreach  Communication skills  Critical thinking  Curiosity  Interpersonal skills  Multilingual proficiencies  Open-minded listening  Project management

10 What is Left Over?  Advocacy & Outreach  Communication skills  Critical thinking  Curiosity  Interpersonal skills  Multilingual proficiencies  Open-minded listening  Project management  Original vs. Copy Cataloging  Technological applications  Collaborative initiatives  Holistic visioning

11 The Lego Effect Project Management Skills  Attention to detail  Communication  Leadership  Negotiation  Organization  Recognizing and solving problems LIS Equivalents  Descriptive cataloging  Papers, presentations, etc.  Group projects  Group projects; degree design  Classification/Subject analysis  Reference interview; Case studies

12 Holistic Visioning  Holism: tendency in nature to produce wholes from the ordered grouping of unit structures  What skills do you have that can be re-purposed for this competence?

13 Multi-lingual proficiency Collection Development User needsClassificationFRBR Admin & Management Courses Ranganathan’s Laws

14 Collaboration Options  Mentoring  Practicums  Professional organizations Source: Bothmann, 2007

15 Perspective

16 Sources  American Library Association “Core Competencies of Librarianship” (Accessed 9 January 2014)  Bello, M. A. and Y. Mansor Strengthening Professional Expertise: Mentoring in Knowledge Transfer, the Cataloguers’ Perspective. The International Information & Library Review 45, (3-4):  Bothmann, Robert L Meeting the Needs of Special Format Catalogers: Ideas for Professional Organizations, Library Schools, and Professional Catalogers, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 44 (3-4):  FaceBook poll, 14 January  Hall-Ellis, Sylvia D Cataloger competencies... what do employers require? Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 46, (3):  MAGERT Education Committee “Map, GIS and Cataloging / Metadata Librarian Core Competencies.” RTCoreComp2008_rev2012.pdf RTCoreComp2008_rev2012.pdf


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