A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE TEXAS WOMAN‘S UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
BY SARAH W. SUTTON, M.L.S.
DENTON, TEXAS MAY 2011
TEXAS WOMAN‘S UNIVERSITY DENTON, TEXAS
December 3, 2010 To the Dean of the Graduate School: I am submitting herewith a dissertation written by Sarah W. Sutton entitled ―Identifying Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians in the Twenty-First Century Library.‖ I have examined this dissertation for form and content and recommend that it be accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Library Science.
____________________________________ Lynn Akin, Ph.D., Major Professor We have read this dissertation and recommend its acceptance: ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Director Accepted:
____________________________________ Dean of the Graduate School
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DEDICATION To my parents, Dr. Frank S. Williamson, Jr. and Mary C. Williamson, who taught me that I could be anything that I wanted to be and to my husband, Tommy Sutton, who believed it.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to extend my gratitude to my advisor, Dr. Lynn Akin for the knowledge, encouragement, patience, and guidance that she has provided me throughout my career as a doctoral student and candidate and especially during the creation of my dissertation. I thank Christine Shupala for her friendship, her knowledge, her guidance, her encouragement, and her support without which I would certainly have failed many times over. My thanks also to my colleagues, Eugenia Beh, Susan Davis, Sanjeet Mann, and Cynthia Porter who served as volunteer coders. I thank Katy Ginanni and Rick Anderson, current and most recent past presidents of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) for sharing their insights with me. I thank the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Writing Group, especially Jennifer Anderson and Mark Pfeifer, for their support and for proof reading. And finally, and most importantly, I am thankful beyond measure for the support, encouragement, and love of my husband Tommy who made sure that the laundry was done and the cats were fed, who patiently listened to presentations over and over, and most of all who believed in my ability to accomplish this goal.
ABSTRACT SARAH W. SUTTON
IDENTIFYING CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ELECTRONIC RESOURCES LIBRARIANS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LIBRARY MAY 2011 The purpose of this three phase study was to identify competencies for electronic resources librarians based on their appearance in job ads (phase one) and to determine which competencies are taught in MLIS programs, which are taught in continuing education, and whether significant differences exist between the two educational venues in terms of which competencies for electronic resources librarians are being taught (phase two). The study concluded with a comparison of the competencies for electronic resources librarians identified in the first phase of the study with ALA‘s Core Competences of Librarianship (phase three). In phase one, content analysis of 190 job ads for electronic resources librarians published between January 2005 and December 2009 was conducted. These competencies were then sought in 286 online electronic resources related MLIS course syllabi and 274 continuing education course descriptions which, in both cases, were taught between January 2005 and December 2009. Chi-square tests of independence were performed to determine whether a competency that is identified as being required or preferred in job ads is independent from whether it is associated with experience, knowledge,...