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Technology and the library: Snapshot of trends

July 01, 2012

In a recent survey of librarians*, we asked about IT skills needed within the digital library. Many librarians accommodate functions traditionally associated with IT, which requires considerable time to keep abreast of developments. However, over a third outsource systems management where the highest degree of specialist knowledge is required.

With increased demand for IT knowledge and skills, roughly two-thirds of librarians surveyed have seen some degree of increase in roles such as “e-librarian.”

Q: Have such roles (Electronic Resources Librarian, Digital Archivist, Emerging Services Librarian, e-librarian, etc.) been appointed in your library? (n=57).

Three out of four librarians surveyed believe the pace of the shift towards technology in libraries is increasing.

Q: How would you describe the pace of the shift towards technology in libraries? (n=57)

IT knowledge and skills range from using basic Office applications all the way up to online library management systems and database and website development, using open-source software such as Drupal.

*The librarians surveyed are part of Innovation Explorers (IE), an Elsevier-hosted closed and moderated community of 150 librarians from around the globe. IE members participate in discussions, initiate their own queries, and provide feedback via surveys, polls and interviews on tools and topics pertinent to their profession. Interested in participating? Contact Derrick Duncombe, Customer Outreach Manager, d.duncombe@elsevier.com.

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