WHY DO LIBRARY WORKERS NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS?
blog post by John Pateman CEO / Chief Librarian of the Thunder Bay Public Library.
The simple answer to this very Big Question is ‘because they are Library Workers’. In other words, they are trained in all of the aspects of providing library services, but they do not have the key skills that are required to identify, prioritize and meet community needs. We need a different kind of Library Worker who has a skill set which combines traditional library skills with the ability to build sustained relationships with the community. I call this new hybrid model the Community Development Worker. In this position description there would be a 20% focus on library skills and an 80% focus on community development.