Conference Paper: “What is a Data Librarian?: A Content Analysis of Job Advertisements for Data Librarians in the United States Academic Libraries”
The following paper will be presented at the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations ) WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of August.
What is a Data Librarian?: A Content Analysis of Job Advertisements for Data Librarians in the United States Academic Librarie
Hammad Rauf Khan
University of North Texas
University of North Texas
Society has begun to transition from the information age into the era of big data. The growth in the volume of data and statistics we have is larger than ever before. Researchers interest for big data and e-research has resulted in librarians taking on new job titles such as data librarian.
Data librarian was once essentially a buzzword that has now become an actual job title and position in academic libraries, yet the American Library Association (ALA) has not developed a framework of core competencies for this emerging profession, neither has the Library and Information Science (LIS) curriculum begin to address a specialization for this rapidly growing and expanding field.
This research attempts to understand what is required to be a data librarian from viewing job advertisements by hiring professionals in the United States academic libraries and applying a content analysis approach. This will allow us to understand the amplitude and meaning of what a data librarian is and how it is defined by the hiring managers through the description and qualifications they state and list in their job advertisements. By understanding what employers seek in data librarians, LIS curriculum developers can better implement coursework and pedagogy that will help address employer needs as well as developing successful candidates for these new job titles in academic libraries.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.