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  • 1. Full System Alchemist
    A Presentation for the Rhode Island Library Association
    Edward Iglesias
    Systems Librarian
    Central Connecticut State University
  • 2. Systems Alchemist
    Inspired by Job Description of Alexander Johannesen
    • Systems Alchemist at Freesystems Technology Labs
    Hes also been
    • Coffee Affirmer at ABC Radio
    • 3. Multiplatform Spare Time Open Source Mercenary at Any and None
  • 4. Got turned into this
  • 5. My Character?
    Edward then became a State Alchemist (KokkaRenkinjutsushi?), an alchemist employed by the State Military of Amestris, which infamously annihilated most of the Ishbalan race (Ishbal) in the past decade. Becoming a State Alchemist enables Edward to use the extensive resources available to State Alchemists, but it also turns him into what many call a "dog of the military".
  • 6. What do we do?
  • 7. Buy Buy Buy!!!
  • 8. Failed Logic
  • 9. What are Systems Librarians?
    Wanted to get at the identity and perceived identity of people who are Systems Librarians.
    Qualification: When the ILS breaks, you have to fix it.
  • 10. Accidental Systems Librarians
  • 11. The Mighty Beards Facial hair that all Unix experts are mysteriously compelled to grow. The length, bushiness, and unkemptness of the Unix beard are all directly proportional to the owner's expertise.
    By: Mitchell, Liz. American Libraries, Jun76, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p363, 3p
  • 12. No, Im not being sexist
    The position of systems librarian, i.e. computer specialists in libraries, developed as computer automation became integral to library operations. It is not surprising that men were initially hired for these positions as, in the beginning, men had the computer training. The male-female ratio has not, however, evened out over the years to reflect the increased number of women trained in computer programming and technology (Corbin, 1992). Corbins study of gender and salary data for systems librarians from 1972-1990 revealed that a disproportionate number of systems librarians hired were men. In the first five-year period, 31.5 percent of computer specialist positions went to men, although they made up only 22.7 percent of the total job seekers. During the second period, from 1978-1983, 26.9 percent of systems librarians hired were men even though men comprised only 18.4 percent of the whole. For the third period from 1984-1990, the percentage of men hired as systems librarians jumped to 42.6 percent of computer specialist placements even though men accounted for only a small percentage (20.9 percent) of librarians hired during the same time period (Corbin, 1992, p. 41).
    Barbara J. Bergman, (2005) "Looking at electronic resources librarians: Is there gender equity within this emerging specialty?", New Library World, Vol. 106 Iss: 3/4, pp.116 - 127
  • 13. Despite the facts
    March 2010 College & Research Libraries vol. 71 no. 2 171-183
  • 14. Or put another way
    Lavagnino argues that there is a systemic and evolutionary growth in the role of the Systems Librarian that is marked in stages where One marks a time before Systems Librarians and Four begins in the 1990s with the growth of Systems staff and distributed computing coming to the forefront.(Lavagnino 219) Ross and Marion propose a stage Five:
    The transition from Stage Four to Stage Five is occurring. Some of the characteristics that marked the arrival of Stage Four have grown at such a tremendous rate and affected systems librarianship to such a degree that they can be identified as major components in the push to Stage Five. Among these are standards, client/server architecture, and support for our patrons.(Mary Ross & Dan Marmion 5)
    Lavagnino, Merri Beth. Networking and the Role of the Academic Systems Librarian: An Evolutionary Perspective.. College & Research Libraries 58.3 (1997): 217-31. Print.
  • 15. My Survey
    This group responded to an email sent out to the email lists LITA-L, Code4Lib, and the IUG Innopac List. A total of 205 respondents answered questions ranging from job title to an estimate of time spent with vendors. As stated above the only requirement for being a Systems Librarian for the purposes of this survey was responsibility for the maintenance of an Integrated Library System. A full list of questions and responses is available in the appendix.
  • 16. What is your true name?
  • 17. Do you work for IT or the Library
  • 18. Who maintains your public computers
  • 19. Are you part of Technical Services, Public Services, An independent department within the library, or IT?
  • 20. Qualifications and Duties
    MLS or equivalent by a vast majority (85%)
    81% supervised one or more staff members
    82% saying they had not taken systems classes in Library School and learned on the job.
  • 21. You mean I have to talk to people?
    63% reported that more than 5% of their time is spent dealing with vendors
  • 22. But enough about what we already know
    What do these people want to do?
  • 23. What do you wish you had time to learn?
    Results of question asked on code4lib
  • 24.
  • 25. We Want Everything
  • 26. What we want most.
  • 27. Narrower
  • 28. Patterns
    Library Specific Tools are Outliers
    Only RDA Mentioned
  • 29. Programming Languages
    R (Statistics Package)
  • 30. To Consider
    This is not what we know, but wish to know.
  • 31. Why
    GitFeeling very un-cool using svn still.
  • 32. Perceived Skills
    DrupalPHPMySQLXML/XSLTAPIswhat the heck the above really meansArabicHindiRDAspeed readingRDFprioritizingtime managementtime travelNot a Systems person though. Just a cataloger trying

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