Trends in the technological profile of information professionals Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2016

start page

  • 169

end page

  • 178

issue

  • 2

volume

  • 25

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1386-6710

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1699-2407

abstract

  • New technologies require an upgrade of LIS professionals' skills. This study analyzes changes in the field and suggests guidelines to improve LIS curriculum. We have carried out a content analysis of 20 curricula from LIS educational programs to identify terms associated with technological skills. In addition, we identified terms related to new competences from 735 job openings published on generic web sites and 170 on specific web sites. These terms include marketing, management, and content management, mainly related to web applications. The results confirm a positive trend in the demand for technological skills related to LIS. Nevertheless, there is a need to increase awareness about the competences and abilities of LIS professionals, because many relevant job openings are listed in other job categories. Therefore, we have collected a list of key technological skills. In conclusion, it is clear that computer science and the Internet are bringing new opportunities to LIS professionals.

keywords

  • professional skills; professional profiles; employment market; information professionals; librarians; documentalists; information managers; information scientists; information specialists; information management; technology