PCC Library Assistant Learning Opportunities

PCC Library Assistant Learning Opportunities


[ Music ]>>Today libraries
are more than books. And sometimes people want to
say why do we need libraries because so much is digital. But today things
are more than books. It’s about technology. It’s about educating yourself.>>I see the library
environment changing rapidly with adoption of
new technologies.>>The way that the library
is addressing changes in technology is by
trying to really reach out and see what are the
up and coming items that are attracting people. What are the things that they
need to bring into the library or learn how to use so they
can teach patrons that come in.>>I think that the
library world is changing in that students, I feel like there are a lot
more reluctant readers because they are so
much more screen-savvy. And they like instant facts
and instant gratification. And so I feel like it’s
my job to get them back into the importance of stories.>>Nowadays we know that
information is infinite. We tend to think that everything
that we need is on the Internet. However, not everything is
available on the Internet. We still have databases
that libraries subscribe to that cost a lot of money,
and we have to help people how to understand how to
access those databases.>>The difference between a
librarian, sort of capital L with a Master’s in
Library Science and library assistants
is it’s getting fuzzy, but in the traditional
academic world, the capital L librarians are
going to be teaching classes, doing higher level
research with professors and graduate students. Whereas the library
assistant, you’re going to be doing your support. You’re the foundation
of the library. You’re keeping the library open. You’re making sure
the lights are on. You’re making sure
books are circulating. And so library — every position
in the library is essential from student worker to
library assistant to librarian to librarian director. Without library assistants a
library would not function.>>So I do story time. I do summer reading programming. I also do — I’m in
charge of teen programming.>>The library assistant option as a career gives a person who’s
interested in communication, in education, who has good
people skills, who is interested in technology to take full
advantage of those skills.>>I think it’s important
to have people like me in the library to help students
make really great choices for books, get them excited
about what they’re reading.>>The type of student
who’s looking for a job as a library assistant
should have a natural sense of curiosity, a love
of learning, excitement about
technology changes, and willing to get
hands-on to new technology to better prepare the patrons,
and then just a willingness to work with all sorts
of types of people.>>The program at PCC for the
library assistant certification was something that
provided skillsets for the assistant position
which means you need to have a little more skillsets
with library reference services, library access services,
dealing with patrons. You get to get more experience
with some of the technical and technology-based information
that’s out there and how to assess the community
and provide services.>>The value that the PCC
library assistant program brings to Oregon is the fact that
it’s the only library assistant program in the state. And we are going to be having
library assistants apply for jobs in libraries
here in Portland and across the state we’re going
to understand the importance and the theories that are
at the base of librarianship from customer service
to information privacy to just how important
a library is to the sustainability
of the community.>>Every day is different. I always felt that I learned
something new every day, and I’ve been in the
profession for over 40 years. And I haven’t had
to change careers because the profession
has changed so much, and I have enjoyed going
along with the changes. [ Music ]

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