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Wednesday, November 6 • 6:20pm - 7:00pm
S2-19 The Need for Systems Technology Training in Library Schools: Are We Adequately Training Future Librarians?

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A survey of the literature shows that very few library schools are offering practical instruction in managing the types of computer systems used in libraries. Emphasis is placed on how to use library catalogs, databases, and discovery systems, but very little training is provided on how to implement and manage such systems. Research will be presented on what skills are needed to fill a systems librarian role, ideas on how library schools can provide the training needed for students interested in this role, and strategies for marketing to potential undergraduates with technical skill sets.

By interacting with interested attendees at the poster session, I hope to get feedback on my ideas for better training of library school students in order to enhance a future article on this subject. I would like to broaden my perspective on this topic through this poster presentation.


Debbi Dinkins

Associate Dean, Library, Stetson University
Dinkins is the Associate Dean of the Library, working closely with the Library Dean on issues of administration and planning. She is responsible for the management of the library’s materials budgets and operating budgets. She oversees the acquisition and cataloging of the library’s... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 6:20pm - 7:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel