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ERIC Number: EJ1066508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0870
Competencies and Responsibilities of Social Science Data Librarians: An Analysis of Job Descriptions
Xia, Jingfeng; Wang, Minglu
College & Research Libraries, v75 n3 p362-388 May 2014
This study examines job announcements for social science data librarians and professionals to identify trends in the profession. A collection of 167 job postings in 2005-2012 from the International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology website was analyzed on the frequencies of term occurrence and co-occurrence in job qualifications and responsibilities. The study verifies that employers valued non-technical skills as heavily as technical skills, and detects dissimilar emphases of data activities for data librarians and non-librarian professionals: the former on data discovery and collection, and the latter on data analysis and preservation. An increasing requirement of data management planning was also found for data librarians.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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