Skills for special librarians include mentoring and knowing how to reap the benefits of being mentored. Tips for how to build mentoring skills
Successful special library assessment includes developing useful assessment questions and deciding which methods are best to answer them
Successful library assessment depends on a ‘culture of assessment’ and involves the entire library staff with the goal to improve customer service.
Skills for special librarians include evaluating whether training session attendees have learned the subject matter. Bloom’s taxonomy is a useful tool
Skills for special librarians include being productive when working from home; 5 tips for balancing home, personal, and work-related priorities
Special librarians increasingly work remotely; there are many free tools to organize projects and enhance the ability to work virtually
Skills for special librarians include staying current with digital skills in order to meet the needs of users and work effectively.
Skills for special librarians include intentional networking; identify interests and areas where you can grow. Be strategic in networking.
Content needed by special libraries is widely available in open formats; knowing what resources are available is important for special librarians.
Skills for special librarians include preparing and delivering virtual presentations for library staff, upper management, or library users. 5 tips
Special librarians can leverage Open Educational Resources to save time and money, and often customize the way they present content
Skills for special librarians engaged in training using UDL include providing multiple ways for students to express their learning.
Skills for special librarians include using UDL, “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning … based on scientific insights”.
Skills for special librarians include training, especially creating multiple ways for learners to engage with what you want to teach them.
Special librarians increasingly work in virtual settings; there are many free tools to create online resources to information and work virtually
Skills for special librarians include using the Universal Design for Learning framework to develop meaningful training for users of special libraries
Skills for special librarians include a commitment to lifelong learning; reflective practice supports professional development and improved service
Skills for special librarians include engaging with Generation Z as they enter our daily work lives; meeting their needs ups library sustainability.
Special librarians can set professional goals throughout the year, using SLA’s enabling competencies as thought starters, and the SMART goals model
Skills for special librarians include training; the ADDIE model supports analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of training programs.
Skills for special librarians in managerial roles include building a growth mindset in library staff that will help them navigate change.
Motivation is complex and influenced by internal and external factors. Understanding this is an important skill for special librarians who manage others
Skills for special librarians include creating environments where people learn to use the library and find information on their own
Special librarians designing library website should focus on a good user experience; it’s often users’ first exposure to content, products and services.
Often, a special library makes a first impression through its web presence; keep the user experience (UX) at the front of all website decisions