Watch Repairer, Taxi Driver, Librarian: How threatened are our jobs in the digital age?

  • Oliver Obst Central Medical Library, University and Regional Library, Münster, Germany

Abstract


For 702 different jobs, the Oxford researchers Frey and Osborne examined the degree of susceptibility to computerisation. With a probability of 65%, the occupation “librarian” was calculated as quite good computerisable (1). How does this translates into the reality of our daily work? Do we now all have to be anxious for our jobs? Fearing that our jobs will get lost? That libraries get extinct?

References

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[Internet]. 2013 Sep 17 [cited 2015 Aug 30] Available from:
http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf

2. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library [Internet]. 2012
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Published
2016-03-11
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Obst O. Watch Repairer, Taxi Driver, Librarian: How threatened are our jobs in the digital age?. JEAHIL [Internet]. 11Mar.2016 [cited 16Oct.2019];11(3). Available from: http://ojs.eahil.eu/ojs/index.php/JEAHIL/article/view/76
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