Are we preparing graduates for the information workplace? That’s a question I recently considered while reading Paul Fain’s article “Grading Personal Responsibility” in Inside Higher Ed (12/13/12). He describes a new initiative at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC, emphasizing as part of the curriculum “soft skills,” including personal responsibility, interdependence, and emotional intelligence. Are there some soft skills particularly necessary in information professions?
Job seekers in the library field need to remember that recruiters often highly value “soft skills.”
“First and foremost, I look at how they present themselves, how well they communicate, and I like when they smile a lot,” said Megan Alpaugh, a staff recruiter for the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.