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 +# Desperately Seeking an ERM Librarian
 +## Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 
  
 +Class, this week we read two articles that analyze electronic resource
 +librarian job advertisements in order to provide an understanding of how
 +the job has changed over the years.
 +
 +Although these articles were published a handful of years ago and will
 +likely someday be of historical interest, since they do an interesting
 +job of capturing the ER job description,​ I wouldn'​t call them dated.
 +It's true that the technology has advanced since, but their most recent
 +descriptions of ER jobs are still pretty on the mark. 
 +
 +That said, times change. One of the biggest changes since 2012, when
 +Harnett'​s data ends, is that more technology has moved to the cloud and
 +less of it resides on on-site servers. This will have important
 +implications. One of those implications is that libraries will (and this
 +is a hypothesis) require less local IT skill sets on hand because the
 +work of installing, maintaining,​ and updating the software will reside
 +on remote systems that are hosted by the vendors instead of on on-site
 +systems. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing. It could mean (and
 +this is another hypothesis) more work in other on-site areas where that
 +work requires a different sort of advanced skill sets. Specifically,​
 +hosted means that the software isn't purchased but leased, and leasing
 +involves repeated negotiations. Thus, the kind of work that may
 +increase, as more software is hosted on the cloud, might be the kind of
 +work that requires strong communication skills, strong negotiating
 +skills, a good understanding of how licensing works, as more is
 +licensed, and like.
 +
 +Even though IT continues to be outsourced, this doesn'​t mean that we can
 +become lax in our understanding of how the technology works -- that
 +which requires a thorough understanding of the *electronic* in
 +electronic resources -- just as we can't become lax in how librarianship
 +works even though librarians answer fewer basic reference questions than
 +they did in previous years. What I mean is that -- in order to
 +communicate this topic well, to negotiate well, and to sign licenses
 +that are beneficial to our stakeholders,​ it still helps to understand
 +and to be adept at the tech so that we aren't bamboozled in those
 +negotiations. Also, if something goes wrong, like with the link resolver
 +technology, we have to learn how to identify the likely culprit; that
 +is, that it is the link resolver technology and not something else, like
 +the OPAC technology.
 +
 +This week I want you to think about these job advertisement studies in
 +relation to what you know now about electronic resources as well as in
 +relation to the kinds of advertisements you've seen. By the time this
 +lecture is released you may have seen some ads sent on the SERIALST
 +mailing list that I've asked you to subscribe to this semester -- in
 +case none have been forwarded while you've been subscribed, I'll share
 +some that I've seen. Some of you may be graduating soon and are likely
 +looking for employment. If so, feel free to comment on your experience
 +with such advertisements. In essence, think about where you see yourself
 +in these advertisements and how they impact you.
 +
 +Although you've only learned about a lot of these technologies
 +abstractly, that is, most of you haven'​t had a chance to learn the back
 +ends, that doesn'​t disqualify you from this exercise. You've gathered
 +enough of abstract knowledge to know enough, and when you add that with
 +your front end knowledge (that is, your use of these technologies as
 +students, users, etc.), you have enough to be capable of adding some
 +self-context. In short, this is the second part of our exercise in
 +self-reflection;​ it's an attempt to flush out how we have internalized
 +the information we've learned this semester and convert it into
 +knowledge that we can use as librarians or as information professionals,​
 +writ-large. Just a hint of what's to come in the future, I'm attempting
 +to install our own electronic resource management software for us to
 +explore and test. More on that in coming weeks.
 +
 +We'll soon move away from reflective questions and get our hands dirty
 +with specific technologies,​ licensing, etc., but for now let's think
 +about the following:
 +
 +- Where do you think you stand in comparison to ERM job ads?
 +    - Where are you strong?
 +    - Where would you like to improve?
 +- What can you (and we, as a course community) do to help each of you
 +  get there?
 +    - What's your path?
 +    - What can you practice?
 +</​markdown>​
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