Today we’re pleased to introduce LIBER’s newest working group, focusing on Digital Skills for Library Staff & Researchers.
What will the group focus on?
There’s a growing skills gap being faced by libraries, their staff and customers (eg. researchers and faculty). Our world is changing rapidly. We have to deal with new topics like Open Science and the use of new techniques like text and data mining but we don’t always have the training or skills needed to keep up with this change.
This group will help by first sketching the existing landscape by identifying the biggest skills gaps and reviewing existing training material. After that, we’ll identify libraries who are leading change in this area and share best practices based on their work. We’ll also establish a ‘competence development plan’ for research library employees and write a ‘starter’s guide’ for Open Science-oriented library services.
How does it work in practice?
The group will have regular online meetings to discuss and plan our work, and will occasionally meet in person (at LIBER 2018, for example). We’ll present our results at LIBER’s 2019 Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland.
Can I get involved?
Of course! Anyone working in a LIBER library is welcome to join. We aim for our working groups to be as diverse as LIBER’s network of libraries, with candidates at all stages of their career and representing libraries in countries across Europe. Please send Cecile or Susanne an email if you’re interested.
Can I share feedback even if I’m not in the group?
Feedback is always welcome. You can email us anytime and you’re invited to join our upcoming workshop at LIBER 2018. Titled Open Science and Reseach Libraries: Let’s Build The Skills, this workshop will give you some tools and invite you to think along on how to include open science digital skills in training programmes for librarians and researchers. The workshop is organised in collaboration with the FOSTER project.