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Whom do employers actually hire? The educating systems librarian research project report 2

Hong Xu (Hong Xu is an Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. hxu@mail.sis.pitt.edu)
Hsin‐liang Chen (Hsin‐liang Chen is an Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee, USA. chen@uwm.edu)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

This follow‐up report of 133 job advertisements for systems librarians in American Libraries during 1996‐1997 compares the results of a content analysis of job advertisements and a survey of employers and newly hired systems librarians. The report shows that, although a majority of employers are satisfied with their newly hired systems librarians, they indeed have higher expectations for the positions in terms of qualifications and responsibilities. There is a great gap between job advertisements and reality in regard to systems librarians’ education requirements, work experience, job responsibilities, and areas of knowledge and skills. The types of libraries, to a certain extent, influence systems librarians’ actual qualifications and job responsibilities.

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Xu, H. and Chen, H. (2000), "Whom do employers actually hire? The educating systems librarian research project report 2", The Electronic Library, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 171-182. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640470010337472

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