Get to Know Your Gadget Guy or Gal

There is a great column by M. Kathleen Kern over at RUSQ"”Reference & User Services Quarterly. Kern fills us in on how she keeps up with library related technologies.

While explaining DOIs to my graduate assistant, I determined that I am probably a lot like many readers of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ): we use technology daily in reference, collection development, and almost everything else that we do. At the same time, most of us are not the systems librarian or the go-to person for all things techie, and we occasionally wonder where we learned what we know and if it is enough.

So how do we keep up? Her tips are:

  • Look beyond Your Immediate Area
  • Read. Just a Little. Every Day
  • Be Discerning
  • Get to Know Your Gadget Guy "¦ or Gadget Gal
  • Pool Your Resources, or Many Heads Are Better than One
  • Care
  • Attend Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • Expand Your Social and Professional Circles

It’s a great article. Well worth the read. Check it out.

2 comments

  1. Thanks for posting on this article, I’ll be waving it at colleagues on Monday but wouldn’t have seen it if you hadn’t mentioned it here. Wonder how many accidental library technologists there are out there?!

  2. Thanks for posting on this article, I’ll be waving it at colleagues on Monday but wouldn’t have seen it if you hadn’t mentioned it here. Wonder how many accidental library technologists there are out there?!

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