Librarians in a Wide Open World

Paper aims to analyze trends in emerging new librarians’ professional roles which are considered to be related with paradigm shift in science and influenced by disruptive technologies in domain of knowledge production and consumption. New professional profiles of librarians range from digital curators, digital librarians, embedded librarians, e-science librarians, data curators, digital humanities librarians, data librarians etc. While digital libraries are perceived as integral part of national cyberinfrastructures, a need for a tied collaboration between e-scientists and digital librarians is seen as more than required especially in aspect of collecting, analyzing, federating, mining, preserving and digital curation [1]. But there is a lack of common understanding what digital librarian’s competencies and skills are and how to define those new professional roles. COAR Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication [2] identifies major challenges in identifying librarians’ new spectrum of professional skills and competencies. Challenges are seen primarily in hard to identify the areas of new library profiles overlaps, imprecise terminology, lack of formal educational qualification etc. Researches show that iSchool programs hardly satisfy the need of e-science labor market [3] and that education for digital librarians mostly falls primarily on continuing education programs and workplace learning [4]. Myburgh and Tammaro [5] stated that the most significant change brought by digital librarianship will be shift in focus to the social responsibilities of librarians. To identify and analyze distinctive turn points or shift in focus from traditional toward digital librarianship paradigm, paper presents parts of conclusions from historical overview of library profession development and results of a visualization based on content analysis of scientific papers gathered through open journal D-Lib Magazine from 2010 to 2015.

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