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"What Is Needed to Educate Future Digital Librarians"

Publicado por Julio Anjos em 2006, 15 de Setembro

Artigo na Dlib de Setembro:

What Is Needed to Educate Future Digital Librarians: A Study of Current Practice and Staffing Patterns in Academic and Research Libraries
Youngok Choi, The Catholic University of America; and Edie Rasmussen, The University of British Columbia
doi:10.1045/september2006-choi

No ponto 3.3 diz:

3.3 Training Gaps and Thoughts on DL Education

The survey also asked participants to describe the aspects of their position for which they felt least prepared. Thirty-four participants identified areas for which their education and training had not prepared them adequately. The most frequently mentioned tasks were related to technical aspects. These are:

  • Overall understanding of the complex interplay of software,
  • Lack of vocabulary to communicate to technical staff,
  • Knowledge of Web-related languages and technologies,
  • Web design,
  • Digital imaging and formatting,
  • Digital technology,
  • Programming and scripting languages,
  • XML standards and technologies, and
  • Basic systems administration.

Portanto os contratadores de profissionais de I-D não se espantem com os curriculos das licenciaturas de Vila do Conde: estas competências são fundamentais!

O artigo continua:

Other tasks mentioned less frequently include: overall understanding of digitization and digital library aspects, project management skills, management, administration, supervisory skills, collection development, metadata, organizational structures, library culture, changing policies, actual day-to-day work, and contract law, negotiation, and licensing.

Portanto parece que a minha licenciatura vai no bom caminho, apesar de haver coisas em direito que faltam. E nas conclusões:

Survey results confirm the high value of soft skills needed in digital librarianship. Due to the emphasis on team-based and collaborative projects, current digital librarians considered communication skills and project management skills very important in performing their roles. As the nature of digital libraries is constantly changing, digital librarians must be able to adapt to change and continue to learn.

O último enfase é meu. Mas o interessante é que os formandos não devem nunca pensar que vão sair da licenciatura ensinados. Isto é pior que medicina!!! Se funciona é porque está ultrapassado.

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