I like to think that an informed public with freedom of ideas and freedom of access to information can help us create greater equality. I believe library professionals are great candidates for digital literacy skills because at the core, the library industry all about democratizing access to information.
If you’re with me so far, and you’re interested in helping to solve some of these problems, and you want to secure a place for yourself in the future – where should you start?
Recently I spoke with a group of STEM students at the University of Adelaide on these topics I discuss in this series – job automation, the digital divide, programmed bias. One student approached me and said, “I’m studying medicine, I’m going to be a doctor. What should I be thinking about, what should I be looking at?” My knowledge of the medical industry is limited. I fumbled something about bionics, medical devices, robot ipad doctors, before admitting I didn’t know – but that she should do the research herself.
So what should we do? This is the big question.
I don’t know much about your industry, but I have three ideas about what you as an individual can do.
In the next few posts, I’ll cover off what I mean by each of these, and provide examples of how you can do them.