Job title

Louise Alcorn Louise.Alcorn at WDM.IOWA.GOV
Mon Jul 9 10:25:24 EDT 2012

That you may do some of the following:  research, plan, implement and maintain public access technologies (public workstations, perhaps the ILS), possibly including training staff on maintaining and supporting their use.  You might also be in charge of some or all web-based services, depending on the size of your institution.

That’s my take.  With “systems” in the title, I assume a fairly technological focus, with ‘public access’ in the title, I assume less ILS-based work (traditional tech services) and more technology used by and for the patrons.

Am I close?  I also really like Susan’s breakdown of titles and their perceived meaning.  I think she hit the nail on the head.

Louise E. Alcorn
Reference Technology Librarian
West Des Moines Public Library
4000 Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines IA 50265
(515) 222-3573      louise.alcorn at<mailto:louise.alcorn at>
(note new email domain as of July, 2011)<>

From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Thomas Edelblute
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: [WEB4LIB] Job title

OK, what does my title of Public Access Systems Coordinator day to you?

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From: Susan Kane <adarconsulting at GMAIL.COM<mailto:adarconsulting at GMAIL.COM>>

 To me, "Electronic Resources Librarian" implies that the person is managing licensed content.  This usually includes things like vendor relations, licensing issues, the link resolver, federated search or discovery tool, possibly libpages.

"Digital Collections Librarian" could cover the same ground in theory, but in practice it often means managing content *owned* by library that is the process of being digitized, such as special collections material.  It would also include managing the system for accessing such content.

The title "Systems Librarian" covers a multitude of sins, but usually implies the person managing the ILS, at least at the application level and possibly at the server level.

Of course, you *could* take the ALA route and create a long title with and equally long acronym.  :)


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