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, every one of whom describes a standard workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid type. within the strategy, they give these attracted to discovering the same activity publicity to priceless talents and suggestion throughout a large choice of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, tuition, 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 sphere of Library and knowledge technology, are excited by their occupation techniques. The editors of LIScareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, every one of whom describes a regular workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid model. within the approach, they provide these attracted to discovering the same task publicity to worthy abilities and suggestion throughout a wide selection of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, college, and detailed libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are lined. it is a ideal advisor for library and knowledge technology scholars, potential info execs, new librarians-or a person contemplating a profession swap.

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I had several wonderful encounters at the Free Library of Philadelphia, where I asked different librarians obscure questions. If they did not know the precise answers already, they knew exactly where to look and had immediate answers for me. I entered the field aspiring to do the same—to have magical librarian moments. It is always fun to know an exact item from our collection that fulfills a patron’s vague request or to rely on my photographic memory to instantaneously spot a CD in stacks and stacks of unsorted ones waiting to be reshelved.

Programs for preschoolers and school-aged children include almost anything from educational homework help to “mad science” demonstrations to booktalking particular titles to reading aloud under a Christmas tree while dressed up as a reindeer. This is an area of immense creative satisfaction with almost endless possibilities! My programming responsibilities for one day might include planning, promoting, and delivering a program; helping other staff members prepare programs; and working with a team to implement a series of programs that will occur across the city.

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