Librarians' Changing Roles

Among all emails I receive everyday form different discussion lists; I saw an announcement of an opening post for Web developer/reference librarian. A quick look at the responsibilities and the required qualifications for this post confirms the changing roles of librarians in the recent years. They look for someone who can create and maintain web as well as providing regular references services. Some of his responsibilities are: "develops and maintains web pages, provides reference services through regular duty at the reference desk and by responding to virtual information requests using a wide variety of databases, develops graphics and PowerPoint presentations for staff, stays abreast of the information needs and trends within the areas of economic development, and development organization; stays abreast of trends in library and information science and web development.
Some of the required qualifications are: "at least 4 years experience with Web development & management, HTML, and Web editors, minimum one year experience providing reference services in a special, academic, or public library, experience with database searching, demonstrated skills in PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, and other graphics software; excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, familiarity with content management systems.

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