Umbrella 2011 – Session E: IT for the LIS professional
If you were following the #ub11 hashtag on Twitter, you’ll know that this one caused a fair amount of debate. Georgina Hardy has already done a very good post on this session but I just have a couple of points to make:
- Not everyone is as good at IT as we assume. E.g. young people use social networking but can’t understand computer filing systems.
- Do we need a ‘real’ European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) before we’re allowed to buy a computer or smartphone? There was lots of eye-rolling about ECDL. I did it years ago as part of my graduate traineeship programme but I’ve learnt far more ‘on the job’ and it is totally Microoft Office-based.
- Not everything IT-related is Microsoft or PC-based.
- Should librarians regard programming as a basic skill? I last programmed in Basic to make a swirly shape in the mid-1980s. The ability to create a website from scratch would be useful but I don’t know how to do it.