Since I live in Vermont I decided to look at the job openings in the state. I found this listing for a Bibliographic Database Coordinator. Of note, it is only a part-time position.
The qualifications section is as follows: Masters degree in Library Science with additional expertise in IT desirable, plus one to two years of experience in library technical services. Teaching and training experience. Planning, writing and organizational skills. Experience with CSS, responsive web design, HTML 5.
The Tzoc reading generally seemed to find LIS schools matched up with the skills required by most job postings. Looking over job postings however it is hard to feel as positive. I still have a year left before graduation and I wonder how I will master all of the necessary tech skills. One of the questions by our discussion leader was how we feel about our UW training. I can say in my first two years my knowledge of technology has expanded, however I wish my hands on skills with technology was greater. I have often reflected that I should have gone back to school to obtain a degree in computer science. There is a reason many jobs note a desire for continued professional development is important. Personally I am already planning on taking some of UW’s continuing education classes on XML & RDA next year even before I finish up my degree. I am torn how I feel about having to take continuing ed classes while still in school in order to gain the skill set I feel I need. I think the more tech programs taught by LIS schools the better off the profession will be. We all spoke earlier in the semester on the divide between librarians and IT departments. LIS schools have a chance to create a group of IT professionals who view issues from a library perspective.