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Savvy vs Un-savvy

Feb - 27 - 2006
Nicole C. Engard

The Torn Librarian has a great post about the “schism” that is deepening between those in the professional library world who are tech savvy and those who aren’t.

What is this you ask? Well, the savvy are the people that are comfortable and/or enthusiastic about technology and its implementation in the library (Wikis, Blogs, RSS feeds, Chat Reference, etc…). The un-savvy are the ones that demand an entire row of shelving so that they can still have physical access to the National Union Catalog, Pre-1956 Imprints.

He goes on to blame about the lack of professionals speaking to students and the need for a change in what students are taught – to which there were many great replies – but no one seemed to mention that the training of current students isn’t the only problem. The problem also lies with the lack of training after graduation. Lawyers, Teachers and Insurance Salespeople have to continue their education – why don’t we?

There should be continuing education courses for librarians so that they are forced to learn the new technology. I’m a strong believer that if training was available – and required – that we’d see less of a divide, because the other reason there is a schism is because some people don’t feel they can jump in on a discussion (or jump on a bandwagon) if they don’t understand the technology involved.


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