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
Special librarians can work with a user experience (UX) designer to create virtual online spaces (intranets, websites) that are intuitive for users
Offering experience-based learning is an important way for special librarians to facilitate deeper engagement with resources.
As physical libraries are reduced and resources go digital virtual services increase meaning librarians must creatively reach virtual library users.
Tips for special library survey design. Surveys are great for collecting user data that informs special library strategy and changes.
As physical libraries are reduced and resources go digital virtual services increase meaning librarians must creatively reach virtual library users
Skills for special librarians include teaching users how to leverage library resources; this improves interactions and enhances the library’s reputation.
Skills for special librarians include teaching on tools, helping users find information and what information is available, and conducting presentations.