(8 Nov 2023) Based on Skilltype data and a Librarian Survey, the new Technology from Sage report explores the current librarian skills landscape and identifies areas for further development.
The second Librarian Futures report asked the question: How can academic libraries be more deeply involved in the undergraduate learning journey? This new report, in partnership with Skilltype, explores the emerging skills required to fulfil a library’s mission – in a decade shaped by social, political, and technological change – and meet the needs of today’s library patrons. We gathered global perspectives from over 2,000 academic library professionals, from frontline librarians to library directors, to ensure a representative set of insights for the report.
Key findings from the report:
- Librarians have a great deal of confidence in their ability to serve patrons, but less than half agreed that they feel confident in advancing their career.
- Many librarians (37%) feel unprepared to answer patron questions on the use of generative AI in their studies.
- Less than 20% of librarians feel that their effort to learn new skills is appreciated by students.
- 46% of librarians feel that there is not sufficient budget available for upskilling, and 47% don’t feel there is sufficient time.
Register to download the report here.