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ERIC Number: ED435407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 45
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Librarians in Name Only: Systems Librarianship and Job Seeking: A Content Analysis.
Taylor, Robbie F.
This study surveys previous research about systems librarians and performs a systematic examination of position requirements through analysis of position announcements, responsibilities, required skills, job titles, degree requirements, personality qualifications, and salaries. The educational needs and emergent curriculum appropriate for educating systems librarians are also surveyed. It was found that there has been a significant change over the last decade in the role, definition, and qualifications of a systems librarian. Systems librarian was the most frequently used job title, and systems librarians still should have good oral/written communications and training skills. The concept that a systems librarian should be first a librarian and second a MIS (Master of Information Science) professional, however, is no longer supported by the job ad descriptions. Library employers are seeking applicants who hold a MLS (Master of Library Science) or MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science), but they want those applicants to possess high-tech qualifications and skills that more typically belong to MIS professionals. This study also found that to meet this change, different approaches are being implemented to educate systems librarians both within and outside of library school departments through integration of information technology and information science curriculum enhancements, information science program additions, and departmental merging with other information science departments. Appendices contain a job title listing for different cities and Internet, LISTSERV and World Wide Web resources for job ads. Contains 17 references. (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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