We are currently conducting a search for a systems librarian to support our recent FOLIO implementation. We debated the MLIS requirement but ultimately decided to keep it. Part of the position is working with different functional groups so we felt like the position having an MLIS would be a significant benefit.
Buddy Pennington (He/him)
Head of Systems & Technology
Miller Nichols Library, 308D
800 East 51st Street
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We're considering taking our Systems Librarian position and removing the requirement for a library degree, making it a technician position instead. The job's primary focus is in working with Alma configuration and troubleshooting the perennial off-campus access issues. The hope is that removing the library degree requirement will make recruiting easier. In past we've had difficulty getting candidates who had both the library degree and the requisite technical proficiency.
I am curious to hear from other universities: do you require your systems person to hold a library degree? Why or why not? If you do require one, do you find you have to do extensive technical training with new hires? If you don't, do you wind up having to train people on library-related stuff? Either way, how has your approach worked out?
Head of Digital Initiatives, Systems and Services Chester Fritz Library University of North Dakota he/his/him