Tuesday, June 27, 2006

 

They Didn't Have Jobs Like This When *I* Graduated...

Michael Stephens today points to a "Virtual Branch & Services Manager" job posting over at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. This is just one of a rash of "Library 2.0" type jobs that have been popping up lately. (You might become a wiki analyst or a technology innovation librarian if Topeka's posting doesn't grab you...)

When I do workshops on keeping current and keeping up with new technology, someone always asks why this sort of thing is important. Here's one reason: it's the first step toward getting the cool jobs! But, seriously, job postings over the years are trending slowly in this direction. TPCPL is way ahead of the curve here, but ads for more "traditional" positions are beginning to incorporate similar components. If your library is hiring soon, maybe it's time for you to take a look at existing job descriptions and whether they need to be revised in light of changing duties, requirements, technologies, and patron expectations.

I'm also heartened that ALA has hired Jenny Levine for a similar position, and look forward to seeing where that leads us!

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