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Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124
Incorporates: Librarian Career Development

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Librarians' skills and qualifications in a modern informational environment

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Title:Librarians' skills and qualifications in a modern informational environment
Author(s):Michalis Gerolimos, (Department of Archival and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece), Rania Konsta, (Department of Archival and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)
Citation:Michalis Gerolimos, Rania Konsta, (2008) "Librarians' skills and qualifications in a modern informational environment", Library Management, Vol. 29 Iss: 8/9, pp.691 - 699
Keywords:Information science, Librarians, Qualifications, Skills
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01435120810917305 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The aim of the research is to investigate the qualifications and the skills of the librarian's profession as they are impressed through the job ads.

Design/methodology/approach – A total of 200 job advertisements were studied from the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA in 2006 and 2007. The data were derived from known web sites.

Findings – Overall, 38 skills and qualifications were identified through the job ads. Their percentage of appearance was recorded and this constitutes the basic element for the final findings of this research.

Research limitations/implications – The research restricted in ads emanated from developed countries' web sites. This methodology records the ideal model of a librarian.

Originality/value – The research, like others, confirms the meaning of the traditional library science in the modern informational environment.

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