What is needed to educate future digital librarians: A study of current practice and staffing patterns in academic and research libraries

Youngok Choi, Edie Rasmussen

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Abstract

Due to the changing nature of librarianship resulting from the increasing amount of information available in digital format, educating digital librarians has become an important agenda within library and information science schools. To design and offer appropriate courses and teaching approaches for training competent digital librarians, educators can benefit from feedback provided by current practitioners in order to accurately determine what skills and knowledge are really required for digital librarians to be effective in the digital work place. To that end, we surveyed current digital library professionals in academic libraries in the United States to identify their activities and skills and to detect any gaps in their training. We analyzed input from the survey responses to learn more about the nature of digital library work practices and to identify common and necessary attributes (knowledge and skills) required of "digital librarians." The findings from our study have implications for the design of digital library education that meets real workplace needs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalD-Lib Magazine
Volume12
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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