In 2005, Stephen Abram, vice president of Innovation at SirsiDynix, challenged library and information science (LIS) professionals to start becoming "librarian 2.0." In the last few years, discussion and debate about the "core competencies" needed by librarian 2.0 have appeared in the "biblioblogosphere" (blogs written by LIS professionals). However, beyond these informal blog discussions few systematic and empirically based studies have taken place. This article will discuss a research project that fills this gap. Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, the project identifies the key skills, knowledge, and attributes required by "librarian 2.0." Eighty-one members of the Australian LIS profession participated in a series of focus groups. Eight themes emerged as being critical to "librarian 2.0": technology, communication, teamwork, user focus, business savvy, evidence based practice, learning and education, and personal traits. This article will provide a detailed discussion on each of these themes. The study's findings also suggest that "librarian 2.0" is a state of mind, and that the Australian LIS profession is undergoing a significant shift in "attitude."


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