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KUALA LUMPUR Submitted on: 31.07.201
What is a Data Librarian?: A Content Analysis of Job Advertisements for
Data Librarians in the United States Academic Libraries
Hammad Rauf Khan
Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, U.S.A.
E-mail address: hammadkhan@my.unt.edu
Yunfei Du
Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, U.S.A.
E-mail address: yunfei.du@unt.edu
Copyright 2018 by Hammad Rauf Khan and Yunfei Du. This work is made available under the
terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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.
Keywords: Data Librarian, Data Services, Big Data, Academic Library, LIS Curriculum

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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; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1225772/m1/1/ocr/: accessed April 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Information.

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