In the past month or two there have been a lot of jobs for Emerging Technologies Librarians (at least six that I’ve seen). I find it interesting that we are seeing more and more of these positions. Looking at the ads there are some commonalities in what employers want out of an emerging technologies librarian:
- Plan and implement appropriate technology to improve services and access to resources
- Stay current on new technology
- Web-design skills
- Ability to work in a team and collaborate across campus (e-learning, IT, etc.)
- Share technology knowledge with library staff
I love seeing that more jobs of this nature are being created, and I feel it’s important that libraries are creating positions that are focused on thoughtfully planning and implementing technology. Anyone should be able to come up with ideas for a new technology in the library and then implement it, whether they’re a reference librarian, cataloger or director. But having a dedicated position like an emerging technologies librarian shows that the library is committed to staying current and trying innovative solutions to the new problems we are all facing.
Any of these jobs look really fun and interesting and it makes me wonder: now that these jobs are becoming commonplace, what will future library positions look like? What will be library job titles in the future?