New Librarianship: Virtues, Values, Competencies

I completed the lessons for week 2 and started week 3 today. My head is spinning with information. In the meantime I came across this blog, Infoliterati,  that made reference to intellectual virtues. The first part of the Salzburg Curriculum, the framing, consisted of the mission, applicability, and values.  The values found in every aspect of the curriculum are  openness and transparency, self reflection, collaboration, service, empathy and respect, continuous learning/striving for learning, and creativity and imagination.

However, this blog referred to an article that suggested that when librarians teach information literacy they should teach “intellectual virtues” as well as cognitive skills. Librarians should foster dispositions in users/members so that they will value critical inquiry and use information ethically. Examples of intellectual virtues given in the article were sensitivity to detail, intellectual humility, being open minded, adaptability, intellectual fairness, social justice. Values, virtues are they the same thing?

Yesterday I viewed a clip about topical areas or professional competencies in the Curriculum: 1. Transformative Social Engagement: Activism, Social Responsibility and so on.  Today, I continued with the other 5 competencies:  2. Technology – creating and maintaining a virtual presence,3. Management for participation – the core administrative skills, how to get funding, how to stay relevant, Advocacy for the institution – telling the good that we do, Economics how to budget and keep track of costs, Ethics and Values – what it means to manage an effective library, where we want barriers and where we want to tear down barriers, Collaboration within interdisciplinary teams and within domains – with other librarians, 4. Asset Management – more than the tools on a shelf, preserving, collecting, organizing to provide access, dissemination (marketing ),5. Cultural skills – communication, understanding how the community speaks, their limitations and opportunities because of their culture, 6. Knowledge/Learning/Innovation

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