Digital Skill Building

Tuesday, 11/19/2019 - Wednesday, 11/20/2019
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Building skills is crucial. Technology changes rapidly. This results in new tools and systems that are constantly being updated. Reflecting these changes, workflows and processes in technical services have also changed and are undergoing new changes more frequently. How is it possible to keep up with all of these changes, especially in the new techno alphabetic soup of acronyms such as MarcEdit, OpenRefine, JSON, APIs, Trello, regular expressions, or Python? Training and skill building are part of the solution. The other large part is to provide support, documentation, and opportunities for staff to learn and build their confidence. This discussion will focus on the successes and challenges of digital skill building in technical services.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will: 

  • Share learning experiences at different types of libraries
  • Discuss approaches and challenges in developing digital skills
  • Brainstorm ideas, resources, examples about learning, and building digital skills

Who Should Attend

Librarians and library staff interested in learning and developing new skills.


Meghan Bergin is Head of the Metadata Unit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Jennifer Eustis is a Metadata Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to this she was the MetaDiscovery Librarian at UConn.




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