An Overview of the Changing Role of the Systems Librarian

An Overview of the Changing Role of the Systems Librarian

Systemic Shifts

1st Edition - September 9, 2010

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  • Editor: Edward Iglesias
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630410

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This book presents a series of case studies from systems librarians all over the world. It documents how the profession has changed in recent years with the introduction of new web technologies services such as hosted databases that are supported by vendors rather than in-house, as well as shifts in technology management. New skill sets are constantly being added as systems librarians become much more versed in dealing with service providers outside the library as well as training and supporting their traditional constituencies.

Key Features

  • Written by practitioners in the field who have real world experience
  • Draws on a wide authorship to show how different perspectives can colour the perception of similar issues
  • Provides real world scenarios where challenges in the field have been met and overcome


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • About the authors



    Chapter 1: Digital culture: the shifting paradigm of systems librarians and systems departments


    Cultural evolution and development of system departments

    The future


    Chapter 2: Patchwork redux: how today’s systems librarians enrich the weave of library culture

    Chapter 3: Library automation and open source software in Italy: an overview

    Chapter 4: Geeks and Luddites: library culture and communication



    Shift in focus from library processes to services


    History of library information technology

    Role of the systems librarian

    Communication between general librarians and systems librarians


    The Current Environment

    Chapter 5: The status of the field

    Previous research

    Who we are



    Chapter 6: Building winning partnerships with vendors

    Understanding the vendor’s business




    Chapter 7: Enterprise computing and the library: managing the transition

    Chapter 8: Doing more with more: systems, services and emerging technologies




    Emerging technologies



Product details

  • No. of pages: 138
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: September 9, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630410

About the Editor

Edward Iglesias

Edward Iglesias is the Systems Librarian for Central Connecticut State University as well as the CONSULS consortium. He is a regular presenter at Library conferences and published in the field on topics ranging from XML Topic Maps to managing Content Management Systems.

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Central Connecticut State University, USA

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