This presentation will be a panel discussion with hiring managers from different library types and LIS educators to consider the gaps in competencies and skills needed for successful employment in libraries. Using the LLAMA Foundational Competencies, this discussion will address the changing needs in the workplace and how library schools can adapt to meet those needs. Another goal is to highlight how practitioners can give ongoing feedback to LIS education to help transition needed modifications.
Purpose and objectives :
Libraries are faced with increasing need to diversify and enhance the skills that librarians offer their constituency. This is reflected in a review of job descriptions that have been updated and renamed to better reflect new skills and competencies (services) requested by patrons, be it community stakeholders, students, faculty and researchers. Library leaders must also be aware of these changing needs in order to strategically position staffing requirements toward new skills and functionalities. Library educators recognize the need to update curriculum objectives but don’t always have the feedback or information needed to appropriately make those changes.
The goals of this discussion will be:
-To discuss the changing competency requirements of the profession
- To provide a feedback loop for educators to understand skills needed in the field
-To address soft skills needed for managers and leaders to be able to strategically develop new positions
-Recognize and discuss other considerations occurring in the professional workplace such as intergenerational collaboration, ongoing diversity challenges within the makeup of the profession, continuing education needs and financial literacy as it relates to sustaining operations.
At the end of this program, participants will:
-Recognize the changes occurring in the skills and competencies needed by librarians and library staff in the future.
-Learn how practitioners can influence LIS education by providing feedback to LIS educators about hiring needs in the field and offer suggestions on curriculum development.
-Learn the related leadership skills and competencies needed from an organizational development perspective to influence future staffing needs and solutions.
-Identify problems within organizations regarding staffing configurations, such as generational differences, diversity and cultural blending and technical skill development and consider solutions for strengthening overall organizational staffing.
-Understand reasonable expectations for making staffing changes for the needs of the organization from a leadership perspective.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Library Workforce
Interests: Administration and Management, Career Advice, Human Resources, Leadership, Personnel and Staffing, Professional Development, Recruitment
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Corporate, Elementary School, Federal, Government, High School, Information-related Organization, Joint Use, Law, Library School, Medical, Middle School, Museum, Native, Nonprofit, Other, Prison Library, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Rural, School/Media Center, Seeking Employment, Special, State Library, Tribal, Undergraduate
Sponsors: LLAMA_Human Resources Community of Practice
Cost: Included with full conference registration.