Australian and US Academic Library jobs: a comparison

Mary Anne Kennan, Patricia Willard, Concepcion Wilson, Fletcher Cole

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The desire to investigate similarities and differences of Australian and US academic library professional librarian jobs motivated this paper. Job advertisements were gathered in August, September and October 2004. They are a subset of those reported in earlier studies which are more general in scope; this paper focused on the job market's expectations of academic librarians. Word counts and content and co-word analysis revealed a high demand in both countries for behavioural and interpersonal skills. The specification of generic competencies was more marked in the Australian data, and a number of differences existed in educational and experience specifications between countries
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Academic and Research Libraries
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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