Last week we had a good conversation about what catalogers need to do to upgrade their skills for the future. I mentioned that I'm working on gathering resources on this issue.
A couple of days ago I featured some resources from Karen Calhoun, perhaps best known for the Library of Congress "Calhoun Report" [PDF]. Here's a second in the series on resources, It's a summary of comments from that earlier conversation:
- Learning systems analysis/theory
- Learn new technologies
- Learning to read code: XML, SQL, and CQL
- Openness to play and experimentation with new technologies
- Learn about what makes the web work
- Talk to people who are making the Semantic Web work
- Find a way to get your data onto the Semantic Web
- Understanding more about how computers work, what they can do, what they can't do
- Develop a fundamental understanding of computer systems and modern technology
- A willingness to learn new technologies/standards and to experiment/play with them
I put this together as a to-do list for myself, but thought that others would find it helpful. I left out attribution to keep it simple. So, check out the original post for the authors of these excellent comments!