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Librarians' skills and qualifications in a modern informational environment

Michalis Gerolimos (Department of Archival and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)
Rania Konsta (Department of Archival and Library Sciences, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 24 October 2008

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Abstract

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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Citation

Gerolimos, M. and Konsta, R. (2008), "Librarians' skills and qualifications in a modern informational environment", Library Management, Vol. 29 No. 8/9, pp. 691-699. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435120810917305

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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