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MARTIN, Sandra Gisela. Systems Librarian: a Specialization With a Future. Inf. cult. soc. [online]. 2009, n.21, pp.69-84. ISSN 1514-8327.

The specialization of systems librarian is relatively new, especially in Latin America, where such expertise does not exist formally, but the task and the role of a systems librarian has been and is currently done by different people within and outside the library. This paper provides an introduction to systems librarians, its history, and the skills, qualities, and attitudes that are required to perform the task successfully. It also describes the role, skills required and the responsibilities inherent in this specialization. Finally, the possibilities of formal and informal education and the need for dual training,  librarianship and computer science, are established.  Due to the steady advance of new technologies, systems librarians have new opportunities and new horizons, which is why we can say that this is a specialization with a future.

Keywords : Systems librarian; Information systems; Library systems; Systems analysis; Systems management.

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