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Soft Skills: The Tools Every Librarian Should Have
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Being a successful librarian means more than knowing how to catalog, read a MARC record, or find resources for a student writing a paper. It means having soft skills that fill in gaps when theory and technical knowledge don’t answer patron questions or tell you how to be a team player.
Soft skills often speak to personality or character or the way a person works – things that are not necessarily definable or even measurable. In reviewing job postings, the soft skills librarians should have cover the ability to be a team player, collaborate, adapt to change. Librarians need to have interpersonal and communication skills, be organized and courteous.
But, what does it mean to be collegial, creative, or detail-oriented? Most importantly, are they skills that can be taught? The answer is unequivocally yes, but the key is being aware of them first so you can learn how to master them.
In this webinar, Melissa Lockaby will address some of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that aren’t covered in a classroom, why they are important, and how they can make you a better librarian.
If you’re interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We’ll send a recording to all registrants after the fact.
The recording will be posted in the CALL Academy.