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This paper compares current responsibilities of systems librarians supporting the traditional ILS with anticipated responsibilities associated with supporting the next-generation ILS and examines how the roles of systems librarians will change in migrating to the next generation ILS from the traditional ILS. The method used for this study is content analysis. The content sources are online job banks for keeping an archive of past listings over the past five years. The analysis results demonstrate a shift is happening where the primary roles and responsibilities of systems librarians supporting the next-generation ILS are becoming more human/organizations related, while those positions supporting the traditional ILS show that top roles are concentrated on information technology. Overall, this suggests that systems librarians are expected to manage much less in terms of tasks directly related to information technology. Consequently, systems librarians should re-engineer themselves accordingly so that they will be able to support more critical issues in the library.


This article was originally published Open Access in Journal of Library Innovation. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.


Journal of Library Innovation


© 2014, P. Fu.