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Types of librarian expertise – are they getting easier to acquire for non-librarians?

Two interesting posts from Christina Pikas and Aaron Tay about librarian expertise . . . and how unique or easily acquirable are these competencies?

http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.ca/2014/05/types-of-librarian-expertise-are-they.html#.U4SCYflznTp

http://scientopia.org/blogs/christinaslisrant/2014/02/28/re-post-what-types-of-expertise-do-librarians-have/

Types of librarian expertise – are they getting easier to acquire for non-librarians?

I have been recently thinking of the types of expertise academic librarians have and how recent trends in academic librarianship have made things harder.

1. Domain (basically knowledge of the research area)
2. Systems (how to actually use the search interface)
3. Information seeking (more on the structure of information and how to construct searches, etc.)
She goes on to mention a 4th type “interactional expertise”, all of this is very interesting.
What I would like to consider is a) The difficulty to acquire such expertise and b) sources of such expertise, do academic librarians have a competitive advantage there?
To be precise, can someone who is not an academic librarian (here defined as someone who does not work in a academic library) easily acquire the same type of expertise academic librarians have assuming time is no object?”
Read the posts and discuss…
Stephen

Posted on: May 30, 2014, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

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