the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Kristen Radsliff Rebmann, Assistant Professor
Library, School, or Organization Name: San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science
Co-Presenter Names: Donna Frederick, Stacey Nordlund, Elaine Hall, Rachel Foote
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Hayden, ID, USA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audiences: Librarians, Distance Educators, Distance Librarians, LIS Faculty
Short Session Description: This presentation presents an analysis of a rich dataset so that a more detailed articulation of the distance librarian-as-professional may be obtained.
Full Session Description:
In a recent study, Rebmann, Molitor, & Rainey[i] explore DL responsibilities broadly to understand their prevalence and representation in the employment pool. Their goal was to answer questions about whether responsibilities and skills in distance learning are increasing, what areas of the academic library require these forms of expertise, and whether the “distance librarian” is gaining relevance as a job title distinct from other traditional roles such as “cataloging librarian” or “instruction librarian”. To answer these questions, 19,431 (archived) job advertisements from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) LIBJOBS mailing list (1996-2010) were examined using content analysis to observe trends in librarianship to support distance learning. Among their findings:
It was beyond the scope of the Rebmann et al project to consider questions about the nature of distance librarianship such as:
These questions are highly relevant, however, and are answerable if one explores the rich information found in job announcements for distance learning-focused librarians. Unlike those announcements that include distance learning skills and responsibilities, these jobs actually call for a professional to be dedicated-in-focus, to serving distance learners.
As part of the study mentioned above, 55 unique, dedicated DL positions were identified. These 55 unique job announcements for distance learning-focused librarians were examined using content analysis. The job announcements were mined from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) LIBJOBS archived mailing list (1996-2010). This presentation will provide an analysis of this rich dataset so that a more detailed articulation of the distance librarian-as-professional may be obtained.
[i] Radsliff Rebmann, K., S. Molitor, and B. Rainey. "Distance Learning Skills and Responsibilities: A Content Analysis of Job Announcements 1996-2010." Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning 6.2 (2012)Print.
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