By Pamela H. Mackellar
Are you doing the task of a librarian with out the good thing about a library measure or expert event? Do you ask yourself what you could have overlooked in formal library schooling, how hugely educated librarians remain on best in their online game, or what abilities and characteristics library administrators search for? Have we acquired the publication for you! Pamela H. McKellar a 25-year library veteran who has mentored unintentional librarians in every kind of settings covers library ideas, practices, and instruments of the alternate. She bargains counsel, examples, and straightforward workouts to extend your figuring out. even if you're looking an intensive grounding in library basics or just searching for how one can serve extra successfully on your present function, The unintended Librarian is a smart position to begin.
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What Else Do Librarians Do? In the process of acquiring, collecting, organizing, retrieving, and disseminating information, librarians also: • Assist and instruct • Provide services and programs • Utilize technology • Preserve and conserve library materials In the process of doing our work, librarians are also responsible for upholding the basic principles of intellectual freedom, or the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. ALA’s Library Bill of Rights affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas and articulates basic principles to guide their services.
It will be necessary to see where the users are and market ourselves to them where they are. Libraries must change with their changing communities. 13 While it is clear that in this virtual world we will continue to need librarians to acquire, collect, organize, retrieve, and disseminate information, what about libraries as physical spaces? An entry titled “Library as Place,” on the Library Garden blog, points out that people are using the Internet in the privacy of their own homes for activities that were previously carried out in public spaces—shopping, banking, talking, writing, doing research, listening to music, reading, and watching movies, for example.
2 How We Become Librarians How do we become librarians? Those determined early on to become librarians proceed straight through school, graduating from high school and college and going directly to graduate school. Although this is the most straightforward path to librarianship, it is not the most common way people become librarians. For most of us it is a much longer and more circuitous road—in fact, librarianship may not even be our first career choice. Some people may earn their bachelor’s degrees only to find out that there are no jobs available in their field or that they are not suited to that particular field.
Accidental Librarian by Pamela H. Mackellar