Are today's science and technology librarians being overtasked? An analysis of job responsibilities in recent advertisements on the ala jobLIST web site

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Abstract

This article presents the results of a study analyzing the position descriptions from science and technology librarians as described by online job advertisements. Fifty-five job ads listed in the American Library Association JobLIST Web site were discovered in 2008 and 2009. Content analysis was used to determine the number of job responsibilities each library position required. The results show the remarkably high amount of multitasking required of science and technology librarians and an increase in the number of job tasks over the past few decades when compared with previous studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-175
Number of pages11
JournalScience and Technology Libraries
Volume29
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences

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