What one thing do you really wish you’d known for your first library job? And what do you think is the most important skill a librarian will need for the future?
To better understand the highs, lows and challenges of working in Academic libraries, we asked delegates at the last year’s UKSG conference to give us their answers to four questions around their past, current and future roles.
As librarianship is such a collaborative industry, it’s no surprise that over a hundred of you took time out during the conference to share your advice, opinions and knowledge. One wall of the Wiley booth quickly turned into an interesting snapshot of your thoughts on the past, current and future of academic libraries and librarianship.
As well as the two questions above, we also asked: “What’s your favorite thing about your job?” and “What do you think will be the biggest change for libraries in the future?”
Responses ranged from the ever-popular skill of “flexibility” to the controversial “Burn all the books!” but what came across in all the answers is a sense of how much librarians enjoy their roles, and an excitement for the future and the changes and challenges it will bring.
Many of you stopped by the Wiley booth to answer our questions and read some of your peer’s thoughts. As we embark on this year’s UKSG conference we have collated all the responses into a report for you to have a read here.
If you will be attending this year’s UKSG conference in Glasgow, please stop by the Wiley stand #34 & 36, as we’d love to hear your thoughts on the report or you can comment below.
And, here again is the report.