“Keep up with the literacies [of social media]…not the technologies”.
Howard Rheingold (2008)
This list is an early draft of top competencies needed to become a social media-literate librarian. Murphy & Moulaison (2009) have written a fine document on this topic, and related the framework back to the ACRL information literacy competencies.
Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Librarians
- Understand, explain and teach others about the main principles and trends of web 2.0 (and library 2.0)
- List major tools, categories and affordances of social networking sites
- Apply social media to solve information problems, and communicate digitally with users
- Use social networking sites for promotional, reference and instructional services in libraries
- Navigate, evaluate and create content on social networking sites
- Follow netiquette, conform to ethical standards and interact appropriately with others online
- Explain copyright, security and privacy issues on social media sites to colleagues and user communities
- Understand the importance of identity and reputation management using social media
- Explain related terminology such as collaboration 2.0, remix and open source
- Renew social media competencies, advocate for institutional strategies and policies and build evidence base in social media
Also: Top Ten (10) Social Media Competencies for Librarians [continually updated wiki version]