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The End of Wisdom? by David Baker, Wendy Evans

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Chapter 7

Using Formal and Informal Channels to Update Librarians’ Skill Sets

Diana L.H. Chan     Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

Abstract

Today librarians face stern challenges from many directions: technology, social media, users’ demands and internal processes. How should we upgrade our skill sets and learn to take up new roles? In recent ARL libraries’ vacancy postings, it was found that more than half of the advertised positions were newly created or redefined jobs. As such staff development should be mission-critical. A case study of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library is presented on its staff retraining and reskilling practices. Formal training spans from new staff orientation, refresher sessions ...

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