I’m starting some research into web services librarianship (or related job titles). Here is my research question, gap in the current research and outcome.
What are the perceived duties, needed qualifications, etc. of a web services librarian? How does the position announcement compare with actual job functions?
Research Gap and Outcome:
Since web services is a new field for libraries, it has very little history and an ill defined skill set. By examining the current generation of people in these positions, insight will be gained into what these individuals thought they would be doing in their job and what they are actually doing. This insight will provide a framework for new hires, and in doing so, improve library web services.
I’m starting this research off with a content analysis of web services librarian job listings. I’m looking to collect around 50 job postings.
The collection criteria:
1. Positions must list Web Services Librarian or a related job title. Related titles will be determined by reading the entire ad and determining context.
2. Positions must have a start date in 2005 or early 2006 (Jan. – May)
I thought I would ask library blog land for a little help. If you see a job listing that fits there criteria, leave a comment and tell me about it. Better yet if you are a web services type librarian who started your job sometime in 2005 or will start soon, give me a shout.