WHY DO LIBRARY WORKERS NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO MEET COMMUNITY NEEDS?

October 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

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.

Read more at OPEN SHELF.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: community building, community information, social exclusion.

Tending the Garden of Learning: Lifelong Learning as Core Library Value Public libraries as partners in building a culture of health

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 76 other followers

Archives

Calendar

October 2016
M T W T F S S
« Aug   Nov »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31  

%d bloggers like this: