We've recently made some of our library systems jobs MLS optional. In one
particular case only the job title differs between someone with and without
an MLS degree. Here's a snippet from a recent job posting
> We’re looking to make the right addition to our team. Salary is
> commensurate with your experience implementing Library systems in a
> Linux/Unix environment. Regardless of your experience level, we’re
> committed to supporting your growth in this role.
> - Less than 3 years: Associate Systems Librarian - $59,550 - $74,450
> - 3-5 years: Systems Librarian - $69,100 - $86,350
> - 5 or more years: Senior Systems Librarian - $78,100 - $97,650
> Candidates without the MLS degree will have Systems Administrator for
We've also noticed that since we've made some systems jobs MLS optional
(and changing the overall language of the job posting to encourage folks
with overlapping/equivalent technical skills to apply) we've been able to
recruit people from more diverse, underrepresented, and nontraditional
backgrounds. There's definitely an expectation of on-the-job training since
we're casting a wide net, but we've broadened our focus to candidates that
have a good technical aptitude, an affinity to learn, and complementary
skills that can be applied to this position. Overall, I'd say it's been a
On Thu, Feb 16, 2023 at 6:24 PM Martin, Will <[log in to unmask]>
> 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?
> Will Martin
> Head of Digital Initiatives, Systems and Services
> Chester Fritz Library
> University of North Dakota
Senior Library Applications Developer
O'Neill Library, Boston College
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