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Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff: LITA Guide 15
Edited by Susan M. Thompson
Item Number: 978-1-5557-0660-9
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $70.00
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248 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-5557-0660-9
Year Published: 2009

Given the rapid pace of change in technology and library services, it is challenging to maintain the technology skills that librarians and library staff need.

  • What are the best ways to measure and develop competencies to ensure your library is ready to support the next new technical system?
  • If you’re ready to hire a new systems librarian, which requirements should be specified in the job description?
Ideal for public and academic libraries, Core Technology Competencies for Libraries and Library Staff provides an excellent starting point for defining and evaluating the right inventory of technical skills and management attributes for librarians and library staff. LITA experts lay out the technical competencies expected in technology specialists and managers, and systems and IT librarians by libraries. Extensive appendices include core competency lists, personnel assessment checklists, job descriptions, and training curricula.

"At least since the mid-1990s, libraries have struggled to define and achieve a basic level of "computer literacy" for staff and librarians. With Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff, Thompson has assembled a trove of lists, tables, and case studies to assist in that struggle."
--Technical Services Quarterly

"For those librarians who feel overwhelmed by technology, wonder what technology skills are most desirable, or have trouble creating a meaningful job description or advertisement, Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff: LITA Guide 15, edited by Thompson, will prove extremely appropriate and useful... an excellent resource for all librarians in all types of libraries."
--Journal of the Medical Library Association

"Highly recommended for libraries of any size that are interested in maximizing staff development and training or improving customer service...especially relevant given the present economic realities in libraries of reduced operating budgets and increased user needs."
--The Tech Static Web Site


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