Systems Librarian: Designing Roles, Defining Skills

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$ 41.40
Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0740-5
Published: 
1998
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
212
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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In The Systems Librarian: Designing Roles, Defining Skills, author Tom Wilson finally takes the confusion out of this critical specialty. In clear, non-technical language, Wilson is finally able to answer the burning question: What exactly is a systems librarian?

Of course, this question has more than one right answer. Systems librarians are frequently designers, planners, implementors, consultants, facilitators, and much more. Wilson provides an assessment of what systems librarianship is and what it can be, outlines in broad strokes the type of training that is needed for people to fill these positions, and illustrates important challenges for libraries—and systems librarians—in computer and networking.

This informative text provides substantive information about the specialty for aspiring systems librarians, administrators, and managers who share accountability for library systems, and practicing systems librarians wanting to step back and look at the big picture.

Preface
Acknowledgments
1
Toward a Philosophy of Systems Librarianship
2 Responsibilities and Roles of Systems Librarians
3 The Education of a Systems Librarian
4 Organizational Structures for Library Systems Units
5 Technical Management
6 Gotchas, Myths, and Parables of Systems Work
7 The Future for Technical Professionals
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

Thomas C. Wilson

"...provides a detailed look at the nature of work performed by systems librarians."
—Public Libraries

"...provides an accurate and comprehensive description of systems librarianship coupled with insight and practicality about how to do the job well... [T]he book can serve systems librarians as a resource to define their roles and their futures in the profession."
—Journal of Academic Librarianship