Here at WAL we usually speak of using “traditional” library and information science skills in new arenas. In today’s post, we’ll focus on skills that you might not have learned at library school — either because you had no room for tech-heavy electives or they simply weren’t offered.
While this may seem like the obligatory New Year’s Resolutions post, think of it as a post about generating new opportunities for yourself in the years to come. So in addition to signing up for that gym membership this January, give your brain a workout and familiarize yourself with these skills. Then stay tuned for more in-depth posts about many of these topics.
- Web design: Including but not limited to HTML and CSS; scripting and AJAX; graphics, audio and video; mobile web design
- Web architecture: protocols; metadata formats
- Semantic web: linked data; vocabularies; query languages
- XML: all of it!
- Social media and marketing: Twitter; Facebook; Google+; YouTube; SlideShare; SEO
- Interaction design
- Information visualization
Please let us know in the comments about skills we may have missed.
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!