Special librarians must see self-education as a form of self-care; skills for special librarians include a desire to learn for learning’s sake
Engaging in self-directed continuing professional education is key for staying active and engaged in the special library profession.
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 developing disaster response plans proactively. Document decisions made during a disaster, know what worked.
Whitepaper on virtual special libraries; success factors, challenges, supporting processes and technologies, how professional development is affected
Content needed by special libraries is widely available in open formats; knowing what resources are available is important for special librarians.
Teleworking separates us from our colleagues and the active exchange of information. As teleworkers we must maintain our professional networks
Skills for special librarians who telework include focus, self-renewal, fighting depression; read for tips from a freelance consultant
Skills for special librarians include using UDL, “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning … based on scientific insights”.
Skills for special librarians who telework include setting boundaries to separate work life from home life; suggestions from a freelance consultant
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 leveraging statistics from a request research management system to demonstrate value and organizational impact
Skills for special librarians include a commitment to lifelong learning; reflective practice supports professional development and improved service
Inmagic Presto enabled the University of Windsor’s Paul Martin Law Library to capture, organize, make accessible critical policies and documents
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 and virtual librarians include active reading which increases comprehension and retention of information.
Skills for special librarians and virtual librarians are awareness of trends, new technologies and resources, and building subject specialties
Skills for special librarians in managerial roles include building a growth mindset in library staff that will help them navigate change.
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.
Special librarians play a key role in knowledge ecosystems. Data professionals, information professionals, and knowledge workers are different.
Classic skills for special librarians include versatility and generalist knowledge; these translate seamlessly into a virtual library environment
Tips for special library survey design. Surveys are great for collecting user data that informs special library strategy and changes.