Evolving Roles for Electronic Resources Librarians

Evolving Roles for Electronic Resources Librarians

Debra Engel (University of Oklahoma, USA) and Sarah Robbins (University of Oklahoma, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-891-8.ch007
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This chapter examines the evolution of the electronic resources librarian position within academic libraries as a result of increasing demands for electronic resources and the need for librarians devoted to planning, selecting, implementing, and evaluating electronic resources. The authors discuss the core competencies of electronic resources librarians and analyze the content of job advertisements for electronic resources librarian positions published in the College & Research Libraries News and The Chronicle of Higher Education between July 2001 and June 2006. The analysis reveals that electronic resources librarians are expected to be skillful communicators and collaborators as well as experienced with technology and versed in the issues surrounding electronic resources. Implications of these findings on the organizational structure are discussed.

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