This afternoon I’m heading off to a focus group meeting being held by the library tech program for one of our local community colleges. They are holding this focus group for the express purpose of finding out what skills, personal characteristics, etc. that we seek when hiring cataloguers. I’m extremely excited to participate in this brainstorming session. I look forward to hearing about how their program works and what qualifications and characteristics the program itelf seeks to impress upon their students. In essence, what educators feel are the necessary skills versus what professionals in the field are looking for.
The two questions that they have put to us in an effort to assist in brainstorming are:
1. What qualities and skills (job, personal, life, etc.) would make a candidate the right fit for your library? Why?
2. Consider – are those the same qualities you’ll want 10 years from now? Will there also be others? Why?
Feel free to provide me with your own comments and suggestions. I’m really interested in knowing the core set of qualities as well as those that will differ from library to library.