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Libraries in the information age : an introduction and career exploration
Fourie, Denise K.
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Greenwood Village, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, [2002]

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xiii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Designed to introduce LIS students to the ever-changing world of modern libraries and information centers, this text provides an important overview of libraries in the era of electronic information. It helps students build necessary core knowledge in such areas as electronic dissemination of information, the impact of the Internet on libraries, the changing responsibilities of library professionals, the new paradigm for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of today's library personnel. Each chapter revolves around a pertinent topic: the history of libraries, job opportunities, collections, preparing materials for use, circulation, reference service, ethics in the information age, job search basics, and the Internet. References and relevant books, Web sites, and publications at the end of every chapter point to further resources. Additional information--such as policies, the library bill of rights, the code of ethics, and the freedom to read statement--is supplied in the appendixes.

Author Notes

DENISE K. FOURIE is Reference Librarian and Instructor of Library and Information Technology at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California. She has written several highly acclaimed books and essays in the field of library science.

DAVID R. DOWELL is Director of Learning Resources at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California. He previously served as library director of Pasadena City College and is the author of several critically acclaimed books. He has received a number of honors and awards, including the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Special Award.

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Booklist Review

Intended as an introduction for students and others interested in the field, this book does a fine job of tracing the history of libraries as well as reviewing some current library trends and issues. Ten concise chapters cover topics ranging from collections, circulation, and reference service to ethics and the impact of the Internet. Types of library job opportunities are discussed, and there is a chapter on the basics of job searching. Four appendixes supply important ALA documents, such as the Library Bill of Rights. Of particular interest is the additional material provided at the end of each chapter: study questions for those who intend to use this as a textbook and resource lists that include articles, books, and Web sites. This volume will be useful to anyone considering or preparing for a library career, training library staff, or needing a quick reference explaining library practice and procedure. --Carolyn Mulac

Library Journal Review

Intended for those entering a library/media technician course of study or for those pursuing a graduate library/information degree, this textbook is designed as a follow-up to, if not replacement for, Barbara Chernik's Introduction to Library Services (Libraries Unlimited, 1992), which was itself an expansion of her 1982 Introduction to Library Services for Library Technicians. Ten chapters, which each include listings of web sites, notes, resources, and study questions, are followed by four appendixes and two indexes. In trying to present a broad overview of the roles libraries play in this information age, Fourie (reference librarian, Cuesta Coll., San Luis Obispo, CA) and Dowell (director of learning resources, Cuesta Coll.) fail to discuss adequately librarianship as a career, including why one would choose it, or librarianship as a profession, why it exists at all. There is no one thread or focal point in the text on which a student might exclaim, "Aha! That's what a library is about!"-let alone consider working there as a career option. Rarely are the attitudes and attributes that prospective students need to have in looking at librarianship as a career given, and, except for Chapter 7: Reference Service, rarer still are specific skills for successful library work listed. That such an introduction and career exploration is needed is obvious; that this work is not the answer is obvious as well.-B. Susan Brown, Pamunkey Regional Lib., Hanover, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 A Brief History of Librariesp. 15
Chapter 3 Types of Library Job Opportunitiesp. 39
Chapter 4 Library Collectionsp. 99
Chapter 5 Preparing Materials for Usep. 115
Chapter 6 Circulation and Access to Materialsp. 147
Chapter 7 Reference Servicep. 181
Chapter 8 Ethics in the Information Agep. 199
Chapter 9 Job Search Basicsp. 227
Chapter 10 Impact of the Internetp. 249
Appendix Ap. 267
Appendix Bp. 279
Appendix Cp. 281
Appendix Dp. 283
Author/Title Indexp. 289
Subject Indexp. 293