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ROLES, COMPETENCIES, & HIRING PRACTICES
Emerging Technologies
Librarians
Tara M. Radniecki
Engineering Librarian
DeLaMare ...
Research Questions
•  What types of libraries are hiring emerging technologies
librarians (ETLs)?
•  What are the anticipa...
Methodology
❖  ALA JobLIST
➢ 8/2006 – 10/2012
➢ 67 job advertisements containing “emerging
technologies” in the position t...
Results
Library Type Number of Ads Percentage
Academic/Research 62 92.5%
Public 3 4.5%
Library Cooperative/System 1 1.5%
S...
Job Duties
Duty # of Ads % of Ads # of
Surveys
% of
Surveys
Trendspotting & Implementation 48 72% 29 81%
Website Managemen...
Skills & Experience: Ads
Skills & Experience # Required % Required # Preferred % Preferred
Social Media/Web 2.0 16 23.9% 5...
Skills & Experience: Surveys
Skills & Experience # Required % Required # Preferred % Preferred
Social Media/Web 2.0 16 23....
Job Satisfaction
•  “Opportunities to use skills & abilities”3
•  55% felt their skills & knowledge were being used to the...
Libraries Considering an ETL
•  Determine all job responsibilities and
qualifications prior to listing.
•  Do you really n...
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Emerging Technologies Librarians - Presentation at IFLA 2013

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Emerging Technologies Librarians - Presentation at IFLA 2013

  1. 1. ROLES, COMPETENCIES, & HIRING PRACTICES Emerging Technologies Librarians Tara M. Radniecki Engineering Librarian DeLaMare Library University of Nevada, Reno tradniecki@unr.edu twitter.com/tmradniecki Technology Trends in Libraries QULOC Queensland University of Technology February 10, 2014
  2. 2. Research Questions •  What types of libraries are hiring emerging technologies librarians (ETLs)? •  What are the anticipated responsibilities and required skills upon hire and do they differ from reality? •  Do current ETLs feel they have the skills necessary to complete all their responsibilities? •  Are current ETLs satisfied in their current role?
  3. 3. Methodology ❖  ALA JobLIST ➢ 8/2006 – 10/2012 ➢ 67 job advertisements containing “emerging technologies” in the position title ➢  67 job advertisements ❖  Surveys ➢  Current Emerging Technologies Librarians ➢  40 surveys
  4. 4. Results Library Type Number of Ads Percentage Academic/Research 62 92.5% Public 3 4.5% Library Cooperative/System 1 1.5% Special/Corporate 1 1.5% Library Type Number of Ads Percentage Academic/Research 31 77.5% Public 5 12.5% Special/Corporate 3 7.5% Library Cooperative/System 1 2.5% Advertisements Surveys
  5. 5. Job Duties Duty # of Ads % of Ads # of Surveys % of Surveys Trendspotting & Implementation 48 72% 29 81% Website Management 30 45% 15 42% Reference Activities 28 42% 26 72% Info Literacy & Instruction 26 39% 22 61% Collaboration – External & Internal 26 39% Liaison 21 31% 14 39% Creating Online Learning Materials 18 27% Technology assessment & evaluation 17 25% Social Media/Web 2.0/Outreach 17 25% 22 61% Technology Training 16 24% 22 61% IT/Systems 14 20% 8 22% Digital Initiatives 11 16% 11 25%
  6. 6. Skills & Experience: Ads Skills & Experience # Required % Required # Preferred % Preferred Social Media/Web 2.0 16 23.9% 5 7.5% Info Lit/Instruction 14 20.9% 7 10.4% Work Collaboratively 12 18% - - Emerging Tech. 11 16.4% 3 4.5% Programming/ Scripting Languages 11 16.4% 6 9% Advertisements
  7. 7. Skills & Experience: Surveys Skills & Experience # Required % Required # Preferred % Preferred Social Media/Web 2.0 16 23.9% 5 7.5% Info Lit/Instruction 14 20.9% 7 10.4% Work Collaboratively 12 18% - - Emerging Tech. 11 16.4% 3 4.5% Programming/ Scripting Languages 11 16.4% 6 9% Advertisements •  47% of survey participants said they did not feel they had all the skills to succeed. •  94% of those respondents wanted additional skills in computer programming & coding. •  69% wanted skills & knowledge in web design.
  8. 8. Job Satisfaction •  “Opportunities to use skills & abilities”3 •  55% felt their skills & knowledge were being used to their full potential •  45% did not •  “Communication between employees and senior management” •  59% received adequate administrative support for emerging tech projects •  41% did not •  Financial, equipment, staff, training, flexibility, moral support, encouragement of staff buy-in, time for exploration and experimentation
  9. 9. Libraries Considering an ETL •  Determine all job responsibilities and qualifications prior to listing. •  Do you really need an Emerging Technologies Librarian? •  Do you need a Web Librarian, Systems Librarian, Reference Librarian, or Digital Initiatives Librarian instead? •  Include more tech skills regardless of dept •  Coding, web design, etc. •  Support ETL’s passion •  More support from administration •  Allow more time for ETL work

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