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Interesting Job Ad



Has anyone seen this job ad? The job title is NextGen Librarian – wow. It could also be titled the “Library 2.0 Librarian,” I think. Look at some of the duties involved: 

  • provide leadership and vision for “transformative technologies” in the provision of library resources and services
  • Creates communication venues and distributes content via digital tools such as blogs and wikis for the library system website
  • Develops and delivers library instruction through podcasts and multimedia webcasts
  • promotes community via new technologies within the library and virtually via IM and other emerging communication mechanisms
  • enhances the WSU Library System web presence with current content and methods for distribution such as RSS
  • investigates and implements new technologies that may enhance the Library System’s web presence
  • provides training and support for other librarians on new technologies (this is gonna be a big one, I think)

And some of the qualifications:

  • working knowledge of blogs, wikis, online gaming environments, podcasting, RSS and other Web-related technologies

Just… wow. What a completely interesting job! I think hiring one person to tackle Library 2.0 is certainly one way to do it. Hopefully, the library ALSO plans to work on their mission, their strategy and goals – otherwise, one person won’t make much of a dent.

Either way – should be a fun time for the person who gets the job.

Library 2.0, web 2.0

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  • Anonymous

    Hey Dave! This is Jeff Trzeciak, Associate Dean at Wayne State University and I saw your blog on our position. First, thanks for the free publicity!

    Seriously tho, I’m glad you asked those questions. Can one person do this? No. I see this as a first step. I think ALL positions should be posted from here on out with these kinds of duties/responsibilities. This is just a first.

    This position is a “starting point”. I actually crafted the position posting and in doing so had some conversations with our other public services librarians. They ALL recognize the need for this position to get us “jump started” in this direction. They’re all excited about where we’re doing with this so I’m excited too!

    Our librarians were just given wireless tablet pc’s and docking stations. They’re at the point of actually talking about Firefox and the firefox extensions to let them easily blog (as well as other things)

    I think you’ll see more positions like this coming out of WSU and other institutions soon!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dave! This is Jeff Trzeciak, Associate Dean at Wayne State University and I saw your blog on our position. First, thanks for the free publicity!

    Seriously tho, I’m glad you asked those questions. Can one person do this? No. I see this as a first step. I think ALL positions should be posted from here on out with these kinds of duties/responsibilities. This is just a first.

    This position is a “starting point”. I actually crafted the position posting and in doing so had some conversations with our other public services librarians. They ALL recognize the need for this position to get us “jump started” in this direction. They’re all excited about where we’re doing with this so I’m excited too!

    Our librarians were just given wireless tablet pc’s and docking stations. They’re at the point of actually talking about Firefox and the firefox extensions to let them easily blog (as well as other things)

    I think you’ll see more positions like this coming out of WSU and other institutions soon!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a great position. My only question is, why require an MLS?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a great position. My only question is, why require an MLS?

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    A digital library? sounds pretty interesting and a great position to have