A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information by Priscilla K. Shontz

By Priscilla K. Shontz

The editors of liscareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, each one of whom describes a regular workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid style. within the procedure, they give these drawn to discovering an analogous task publicity to worthy talents and recommendation throughout a wide selection of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, institution, and particular libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are covered.Many humans, not only these new to the sector of Library and data technology, are concerned about their profession innovations. The editors of LIScareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, every one of whom describes a customary workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid type. within the procedure, they give these drawn to discovering an identical activity publicity to necessary talents and suggestion throughout a large choice of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, university, and particular libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, owners, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are lined. this can be a excellent consultant for library and data technological know-how scholars, potential info execs, new librarians-or somebody contemplating a profession switch.

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Once a week, I edit, print, and distribute our library’s staff newsletter, which requires me to keep abreast of what is going on throughout the library. I flex my creative writing skills, both to ensure that staff are enticed to read important announcements and to find library-related filler for slow news weeks. Outside my own department, I assist with our basic computer classes. Having previously worked in the computer usability field, I do this to remind myself about the common confusion, frustrations, and misunderstandings of novice users.

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Much of what you’ll do as a teen librarian can be learned on the job, but it’s very useful to have some background in literature for and services to teens on your transcript. Take advantage of any and all job-shadowing programs offered by your library school or state library association. ) Sign up to shadow a teen librarian at his or her job for a day (or better yet, several days), so you can see for yourself what the work is like. It’s all well and good to read what I have to say about it, but I’m writing from my experience at my library, where I serve a large, polyglot, predominantly suburban clientele.

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