The list below was generated from two book discussions done by Michael Stephens’ MLIS class.
- Not afraid of change & technology
- User-centered focus
- Spot trends and market them!
- Plugged in & using new tools to communicate
- Be a Maven/be a Connector
- Listen to users
- Don’t judge interest
- Gather lots of input & diverse opinions
- Learn from Games-leadership, teamwork, and strategies
- Leave your comfort zone
- Remove barriers – too many roles
- Provide opportunities to flatten the world
- Communicate regularly with users
- Travel & learn
- Create networks for discussion
- Create change from the bottom up – and make CEO fulfill interests of User!
The list is a good starting point for anyone who’s interested in becoming a librarian as these are some of qualities required. “Loving to read” is no longer that important a reason for wanting to be a librarian. I think I said that when I interview for my job.
When I introduce myself as a librarian, some of them will usually comment that I must love reading. But I think the basic trait a librarian should have is that you must love helping people. This could be helping a user to find some information, a novel to read, or enjoyment in reading. If you don’t have this basic trait, then all the traits mentioned in the list above will be irrelevant.
What do you think?