Category Archives: Skills

What Is Needed to Educate Future Digital Librarians

In Youngok Choi and Edie Rasmussen’s What Is Needed to Educate Future Digital Librarians; A Study of Current Practice and Staffing Patterns in Academic and Research Libraries they studied and surveyed 48 librarians from 39 institutions. Here are their results:

  • While there are emerging units and positions within digital libraries, the working environment of digital libraries is collaborative in areas that range from computing systems to traditional library functions.
  • Professionals working in those areas tend to be young and are relatively recent graduates. Because many libraries will eventually be transformed into digital libraries, and require professionals educated in this area, digital library jobs will be very attractive to the next generation of the library profession.
  • Major tasks in which digital librarians are involved include management, leadership, and website-related tasks. Managerial tasks emphasized planning and oversight of digital library projects, while providing leadership and expertise in digital library areas contained elements of collaboration with other members of the library staff and with users. Trend analysis, such as monitoring the practice and standards of current digital libraries, is critical in these jobs.

I definitely think that library schools need to promote technology in their programs as most libraries are digital. The problem is that there is often a one size fits all approach to the classes. There are students young and old who have different skill sets and backgrounds that may or may not have prepared for the technology classes. Everyone knows which professors are the most challenging. What student is going to want to take a particularly challenging class when they don’t have the background for it. What library schools need are different levels of technology classes that students can build upon.

What are your thoughts? What do you think is needed to educate future digital librarians?

Top 25 Books for Web Designers

Today, Net Magazine published its top 25 books for web designers and developers. Number 11 on the list is Luke Wroblewski’s recent publication Mobile First. The publisher A Book Apart releases titles that speak to single topics in web design and development. They keep their publications brief (only 100 pages), which according to their reviews — readers love!

Here is a description for Mobile First:

Our industry’s long wait for the complete, strategic guide to mobile web design is finally over. Former Yahoo! design architect and co-creator of Bagcheck Luke Wroblewski knows more about mobile experience than the rest of us, and packs all he knows into this entertaining, to-the-point guidebook. Its data-driven strategies and battle tested techniques will make you a master of mobile—and improve your non-mobile design, too!


This past weekend, the New York Times wrote a spotlight on Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn. While the article is primarily a profile of Mr. Hoffman’s life, career path, and subsequent fortune, the end of the article hits on some of his core beliefs that lend insight into the future of the Internet and information as we know it today. Hoffman made his career cultivating the social media power of developing professional connections, but he believes we are on the verge of yet another change. We are embarking on an advancement that will impact us the same way that social media changed the Internet and the very essence of how people communicate. The change will be “data-driven” and we will begin to see new start-ups working with data in innovative ways with websites able to “aggregate a huge volume of information.” As librarians, educated and trained to handle, organize, and curate large amounts of information, we fit perfectly into this new landscape. Without renaming the title of “librarian,” how do we begin to redefine the field as a group of data managers, analysts, and researchers?


Rusli, E. M. A King of Connections Is Tech’s Go-To Guy. The New York Times.

Streaming Digital Preservation Webinar

If you missed yesterday’s Kent State Digital Preservation webinar, you can view the live stream online. You will need to have the most up to date version of Microsoft Silverlight (Netflix lovers will have no problem there!).

Speakers Yin Zhang, Ph.D., Catherine Smith, Ph.D, and Karen Gracy, Ph.D cover the core concepts of digital libraries and preservation. They introduce the webinar with definitions and basic examples of digital libraries, but lead into topics like curation and digitization, online communities and users,  preservation strategies, metadata, usability, and access. They also discuss job opportunities within the realm of digital libraries. They speak about job titles, skill sets, responsibilities and activities, and the diversity of employers who need staff with a background in digital libraries and preservation.

Shifts in Technology are Driving Professional Changes

Our friends down-under are facing the same challenges as we are. We need to learn to communicate with others outside the library.

RADICAL shifts in technology are driving enormous changes in the way users share and manage their information as paper documents are increasingly replaced with a wide range of digital media.

If we don’t work together now, much essential information that is important to business and the community will be lost.

Read more at The Australian.

DAM Road Map

Free White Paper: The Digital Asset Management Road Map

In an effort to create awareness of the challenges and pitfalls of implementing a DAM System, Createasphere has teamed up with Nigel Cliffe of Cliffe Associates to produce the Digital Asset Management Road Map: Secrets of a Successful DAM Implementation.

In this Road Map, they outline success criteria, potential pitfalls, trends to watch, and tips for navigating through a DAM implementation. Download your free copy at