9780838908655

Straight from the Stacks : A First-Hand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science

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  • ISBN13:

    9780838908655

  • ISBN10:

    0838908659

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn

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Summary

First-hand accounts from real-life librarians in a variety of information science disciplines make this career guide come alive, and fifteen sample job descriptions for different niches of information services offer a reality check for those committed to understanding an ever-changing array of possibilities. Tracing career paths, everyday duties, and qualities for succeeding, these spotlights provide perspective from the trenches. From bioinformatics librarian to consumer health librarian to principal and information broker, anyone entering the profession can find an inspirational mentor as well as hard-hitting career-building information.

Author Biography

Laura Kane is the head of Cataloging and Acquisitions at the University of South Carolina's (USC) School of Medicine Library in Columbia, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii
INTRODUCTION ix
1 Public Librarianship 1(23)
Spotlights
3(15)
Head of Reference Services
3(3)
Head of Circulation/Assistant Director
6(2)
Library Services Supervisor
8(3)
Consumer Health Librarian
11(4)
Government Documents Librarian
15(3)
Job descriptions
18(6)
Reference Librarians
18(2)
Circulation Librarians
20(1)
Technical Services Librarians
21(1)
Systems/Automation Librarians
22(2)
2 School Media Librarianship/Child and Young Adult Librarianship 24(23)
Spotlights
27(16)
Library Media Specialist
27(4)
Head Media and A/V Specialist
31(4)
Children's Librarian
35(5)
Reference/Young Adult Services Librarian
40(3)
Job descriptions
43(4)
School Library Media Specialists (K-12)
43(2)
Children's Services/Young Adult Services Librarians (Public Libraries)
45(2)
3 Academic Librarianship 47(32)
Spotlights
48(22)
Head of Reference Services
48(6)
Director of Cataloging
54(3)
Head, Serials Department and Coordinator of Acquisitions Services
57(3)
Director, Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance
60(3)
Library Systems Administrator
63(4)
Associate University Librarian for Collection Development and Management
67(3)
Job Descriptions
70(9)
Academic Reference Librarians
70(2)
Academic Circulation Librarians
72(1)
Academic Instructional Services Librarians
73(1)
Academic Acquisitions/Serials Librarians
74(1)
Academic Cataloging Librarians
75(1)
Academic Systems Librarians
76(3)
4 Nontraditional Librarianship: Corporate and Freelance 79(22)
Spotlights
81(16)
Information Broker
81(3)
Organizational Development Consultant Specializing in Libraries
84(3)
U.S. Catalog Librarian
87(2)
Director, Business Research Center
89(2)
Knowledge Management Manager
91(2)
Information Architect
93(2)
Sales Coordinator
95(2)
Job Descriptions
97(4)
Freelance Information Brokers (Informationists, Information Consultants, and Independent Researchers)
97(1)
Freelance Library Consultants
98(1)
Corporate Librarians (Chief Information Officers, Knowledge Managers, Chief Answerists, and Information Specialists)
98(1)
Information Architects
99(2)
5 Medical and Law librarianship 101(34)
Spotlights
104(26)
Coordinator, Information Management Education
104(3)
Bioinformatics Librarian
107(3)
Associate Director, Library Services
110(4)
Veterinary Medical Librarian
114(5)
Clinical Librarian for Pediatrics
119(4)
Assistant Librarian for Reference Services
123(3)
Information Resources Systems Coordinator
126(4)
Job Descriptions
130(5)
Academic Medical Librarians
130(1)
Hospital/Clinical Librarians
131(1)
Academic Law Librarians
132(1)
Corporate Law Librarians
133(2)
6 Library Directorship 135
Spotlights
136(17)
Library Director, Public Library
136(6)
Director, University Health Sciences Library
142(5)
Director of Law Library and Professor of Law
147(3)
Director of University Libraries
150(3)
Job Description
153
Library Director
153

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