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Straight from the stacks : a firsthand guide to careers in library and information science
Kane, Laura Townsend.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, [2003]

Physical Description:
xi, 155 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Public librarianship -- School media librarianship/children's services & young adult librarianship -- Academic librarianship -- Non-traditional librarianship : corporate and freelance -- Medical & law librarianship -- Library directorship.
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Z682.35.V62 K36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Job
Z682.35.V62 K36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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For library students, paraprofessionals, and librarians who are wondering if they have their ladder against the right wall, Straight from the stacks fills the need for an up-to-date resource that uncovers the amazing and varied jobs available in the library field. Encompassing both traditional and nontraditional career paths in libraries, this comprehensive and engaging guide makes it easy to get a grip on these and other information science career path questions. Organized by type of institution including public, school, academic, nontraditional, medical/law, and library administration. Kane covers the many areas of librarianship and typical jobs in each environment and provides practical answers to the common questions: Should I move ahead for that MLIS? Where can I go with this advanced degree in library science? What else is out there? Am I on the right career path? What experience and training do I need? Tracing career paths, everyday duties, and qualities for succeeding, this useful overview offers anyone entering the profession inspiration as well as hard-hitting career-building information. First-hand accounts from real-life librarians in a variety of information science di

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Booklist Review

This guide endeavors to educate readers about employment opportunities in library and information science and to familiarize current librarians with other career choices in their profession. This goal is achieved through firsthand accounts from more than 30 librarians working in disparate areas. Chapters are divided by type of institution: public, school, academic, nontraditional, medical, and law libraries. The personal accounts contain a photo, title and place of employment, and a narrative in which participants talk openly about their jobs, offering an inside glimpse of what the work is really like. At the end of each chapter, the author provides sample job descriptions that recap each job's environment, responsibilities, and education requirements. The personal accounts, integral to the book's appeal, do not disappoint; they are frank and engaging and should provide a new understanding of and appreciation for librarianship. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist