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Expectations of librarians in the 21st century
Bridges, Karl, 1964-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xiv, 235 pages ; 25 cm.
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Librarianship has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. In addition to subject area knowledge and interpersonal ability, librarians must now possess considerable technical skill. This collection of 50 essays, all written by librarians working in college, university, and public libraries, elucidates the many facets of modern librarianship, as well as the personal and professional characteristics and skills expected of today's librarians. Topics include:^L ^DBL Required knowledge and attitudes^L ^DBL Interviewing techniques^L ^DBL The role of technology^L ^DBL Interpersonal relationships^L ^DBL The need for business and management skills^L ^DBL And more

These short essays are written mostly in an informal style that combines library philosophy and practical advice. The collection will be a useful for discussion and class assignments in introductory library science courses.^L The Greenwood Library Management Collection of professional handbooks provides librarians with operations and management strategies for all types of libraries: public, academic, school, and specialized. Gerard B. McCabe, Director of Libraries at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, serves as Series Editor. Books in this series cover such topics as second generation automated systems, automated retrieval in libraries, circulation department procedures, the consultant-library relationship, strategic management of academic libraries, multicultural librarianship, and more.

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KARL BRIDGES is Associate Professor of Information and Instruction Services at the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont.

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Booklist Review

This collection of 53 essays sheds light on the knowledge, skills, and attitude required of new librarians today. Reading this book confirms that a distinct philosophical position, as well as subject area knowledge, technical skill, and interpersonal ability, is what being a modern librarian is all about. Contributors hail from diverse backgrounds that enrich the book. More akin to personal reflections, essays are organized in the order in which they were received; arrangement by various themes would have strengthened the work. Some essays are carefully documented; others lack any notes whatsoever. A three-page index concludes the book. A more substantive index would have improved access. Readers interested in personal perspectives on librarianship in the twenty-first century will find this a pleasant enough and even upbeat read; more critical readers will be frustrated by the book's scope, organization, challenges to access, and contributors' informal style. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Leigh EstabrookMary Anne HansenPhilip SwanMarie JonesKenneth A. SmithDanelle HallAlison HopkinsJanice KruegerJennifer InglisJane Birks and Liz OeslebyBridgette ScottMary M. NofsingerBarbara Lovato-GassmanJetta Carol CulpepperAnne A. SalterKathleen FlemingRonda GlikinAngela K. HorneVirginia E. YoungSheila KasperekVickie KlineMelinda DermodyCarla J. Stoffle and Patricia Morris and Ninfa TrejoLeslie M. HaasColleen Boff and Carol SingerCynthia AkersBeth AveryJanet FosterBarbara BurdSusan HerzogMolly FlaspohlerMaria C. BagshawFelix T. ChuShelley RossJohn RiddleDavid H. StanleyCheryl GunselmanWendy TanEleanor L. LomaxDavid M. BynogNecia Parker-GibsonKaren FischerRonald N. BukoffLorena O'EnglishRoger C. AdamsMichael J. RoseCraighton HippenhammerNancy KuhlRandall M. MacDonald and Andrew L. PearsonLiz Kocevar-WeidingerMartha Henn McCormickKarl BridgesJanet T. O'KeefeGwen M. Gregory
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
1. The Land Grant University Reference Librarian of the 21st Century: Exciting Opportunities and Unprecedented Challengesp. 1
2. John Henry's Dilemmap. 7
3. Out of the Boxp. 11
4. The Curious Librarianp. 13
5. Of Babies and Bathwater--Hiring Library Staff for the 21st Centuryp. 17
6. Going to Town: Interviewing in the Large Urban Public Libraryp. 21
7. "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"p. 25
8. The Cooperative Librarianp. 29
9. Mere Mortals Need Not Applyp. 33
10. We're Looking for a Few Good Catalogersp. 37
11. Hiring Academic Reference Librarians in the 21st Centuryp. 41
12. Librarians in the 21st Centuryp. 45
13. Needed: Energetic Librarian Willing to Work in Challenging Arena!p. 49
14. Wanted--New Creations: Dinosaurs Need Not Applyp. 53
15. Librarians: What Supervisors Are Seekingp. 57
16. Librarians and Human Interactionp. 59
17. A Business Plan Model of Employment for Librariansp. 61
18. Hot Links Are Hot Hiresp. 65
19. Technology Skills in Libraries of the 21st Centuryp. 69
20. A Word to Future Academic Librariansp. 73
21. Preferred Qualification: Ability to Think Conceptuallyp. 77
22. Voices from the 21st Century: Librarians at the University of Arizona Libraryp. 81
23. Being a Deep Generalistp. 85
24. Academic Reference Librarians for the 21st Centuryp. 89
25. "The More Things Change": What Is a Librarian Today?p. 93
26. Reference Staff of the Digital Beyondp. 97
27. It Takes a Cyber Librarianp. 101
28. The Academic Library--Not a Lair for Fiery Dragonsp. 105
29. The Academic Librarian of the Future: The View from California Lutheran Universityp. 109
30. The FAKTs of Life: Being a Small-College Librarianp. 115
31. Why a Good "Sh-h-h" Doesn't Cut It Anymore: Personality Characteristics of the 21st-Century Librarianp. 119
32. The Future of Librarianshipp. 123
33. Arrogance: For Obvious Reasonsp. 127
34. Developing Business and Management Skills for the 21st-Century Academic Librarianp. 131
35. The 21st-Century Librarianp. 135
36. Academic Reference as a Second Careerp. 139
37. Academic Librarians as Caring Knowledge Managers: Are We There Yet?p. 145
38. Electronic Resources Librarians in the 21st Centuryp. 149
39. Competition in the Libraryp. 157
40. Qualities of a 21st-Century Librarianp. 161
41. The More Things Change in Academe, the More They Need to Stay the Samep. 167
42. The Joys of Special Librarianshipp. 171
43. New Librarians in the 21st Century: The Normalization of Changep. 177
44. Electric Luddites: Special Collections Librarians Make the Great Leapp. 183
45. Selling Instruction: Communicating the Value of the Library in the Age of the Internetp. 187
46. Militant Segregationists, Control Freaks, and Techno-Believersp. 191
47. Metaphor Matters: Imagining the Future of Librarianship and the Libraryp. 197
48. Seeking: Enthusiastic Artistsp. 205
49. Before We Look to the Future ...p. 209
50. Teaching Excellence and the Academic Librarian: Paralleling the Teaching Faculty's Trackp. 213
51. The Library at the University of Vermont in 1900p. 219
52. The Most Important Thing They Don't Tell You in Library Schoolp. 225
53. Technical Services Librarians for the 21st Century: What Are We Looking For?p. 227
Indexp. 229