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Systems Librarian


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Joe Kirsch

My name is Joe Kirsch, and this is my web site.

I have been working in the Public Libraries sector for more than 16 years, and as a Systems/Technical librarian for over a decade.


Integrated library systems (ILS) administrator:

  • +6 years on BookPlus (Geac)
  • +4 years on Erudite (UKS)
  • Currently (from 2008) Sirsi WorkFlows (SirsiDynix Symphony) 

Involved in three migration projects to new integrated library systems in the past 11 years.


Completed the National Diploma in Library and Information Services in 1998 and attended a few courses in ICT. Most of my skills are self-taught as the profession I am in is specialized and is changing too rapidly for the academic world to keep up. Unfortunately, formal credentials at most academic institutions in South Africa are not catering for the systems/technical librarianship profession. It is also true that most courses in ICT are within 5 years useless in today’s high-tech environment for example, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, 98, Me (Millennium), Windows 2000 (NT), Windows XP, Windows Vista has been replaced by Windows 7. It would be just a waste of my time to attend and academic institution and having them teach outdated theory, when I am doing it in practice. 


Almost exclusively self-taught, which means I learned from seeing something I liked on the web or reading magazines/periodicals and then see how can it benefit the profession that I am in. Technology challenges System Librarians to be perpetual learners and adapting, particularly with the Internet and ICT being at the forefront of today's society and such an integral part of what we do. 

Behind every well functioning library system is a Systems Librarian.


A few of my Diplomas and Certificates


Date: 28 February 2012 



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