This study examines the evolving roles and responsibilities of entry-level academic reference positions, as stated in recent job advertisements posted on the American Library Association’s JobLIST Web site and other sources. Findings from a content analysis of these advertisements indicate that current entry-level reference positions in academic libraries incorporate a strikingly diverse and complex range of responsibilities. The study provides valuable insight into the expectations and priorities of hiring institutions in regard to entry-level reference work, offering a broad perspective on the reference job environment to library science students, first-time job seekers, and libraries seeking to recruit entrylevel candidates.
Original Publication Information
This article was originally published in College and Research Libraries, volume 73, number 6, in 2012.
Detmering, Robert and Sproles, Claudene, "Forget the desk job : current roles and responsibilities in entry-level reference job advertisements." (2012). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 26.