What is a Data Librarian?: A Content Analysis of Job Advertisements for Data Librarians in the United States Academic Libraries

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This paper attempts to understand what is required to be a data librarian by applying a content analysis approach to job advertisements by hiring professionals in academic libraries in the United States.

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Khan, Hammad & Du, Yunfei July 31, 2018.

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Abstract: Society has begun to transition from the information age into the era of big data. The growth in the volume of data and statistics we have is larger than ever before. Researchers interest for big data and e-research has resulted in librarians taking on new job titles such as data librarian. Data librarian was once essentially a buzzword that has now become an actual job title and position in academic libraries, yet the American Library Association(ALA) has not developed a framework of core competencies for this emerging profession, neither has the Library and Information Science(LIS) curriculum begin to address a specialization for this rapidly growing and expanding field. This research attempts to understand what is required to be a data librarian from viewing job advertisements by hiring professionals in the United States academic libraries and applying a content analysis approach. This will allow us to understand the amplitude and meaning of what a data librarian is and how it is defined by the hiring managers through the description and qualifications they state and list in their job advertisements. By understanding what employers seek in data librarians, LIS curriculum developers can better implement coursework and pedagogy that will help address employer needs as well as developing successful candidates for these new job titles in academic libraries.

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  • IFLA World Library and Information Congress, August 24-30, 2018. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Khan, Hammad & Du, Yunfei. What is a Data Librarian?: A Content Analysis of Job Advertisements for Data Librarians in the United States Academic Libraries, paper, July 31, 2018; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1225772/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.