May 25, 2006

What do science librarians do?

From Christy Hightower on various lists:


Science librarians at the University of California at Santa Cruz are in the midst of planning for an upcoming reorganization and would like to get some feedback on national trends regarding the assignment of duties to science librarians. I know how busy this time of year gets, but I'm hoping you would be willing to take 3 minutes or less to answer the following questions (most of which are yes/no questions). Your feedback is extremely important and will have a direct and immediate impact. Responses on or before Wednesday, May 31 would be most useful. I'll be happy to summarize results for the list.

1. Do you currently have collection planning (a.k.a. collection development, collection management) responsibilities for a particular subject(s)?

2. Do your collection planning duties comprise more than half of the focus of your job?

3. Do you also participate in some reference and instruction duties? If so, how many hours per week do you work reference?

4. Do you teach both undergraduate and graduate students?

5. If you were planning to hire a new science librarian, would one of the duties include collection planning?

6. In hiring science librarians for your library, if a candidate did not have prior experience in collection planning, would that eliminate them from your consideration?

7. What is your title?

8. At what institution do you work?

Many thanks for your help with these questions.
Please respond to Christy.

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