By Pamela H. Mackellar

Are you doing the activity of a librarian with out the benefit of a library measure or expert adventure? Do you ask yourself what you've got ignored in formal library schooling, how hugely educated librarians remain on most sensible in their video game, or what talents and traits library administrators search for? Have we obtained the e-book for you! Pamela H. McKellar a 25-year library veteran who has mentored unintentional librarians in every kind of settings covers library rules, practices, and instruments of the exchange. She deals suggestions, examples, and easy routines to extend your knowing. even if you're looking a radical grounding in library basics or just searching for how one can serve extra successfully on your present position, The unintended Librarian is a smart position to begin.

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Before the interview, I sat down on the curb and cried. I was a secret anarchist, an anti-war protestor, a free-love proponent. How could I work for the cops? I wiped my face and went into the station, but it was too late. Someone else got the job. Yahoo! My second interview was with the library department. I got hired two minutes after the oral interview. I didn’t even make it to the elevator. I was a library aide! Promotions followed—to clerk, then library assistant (leaving the CETA program and entering civil service at this point).

If you don’t qualify as a librarian in one state, you can go to another state and easily become certified as a library director there. Some people assume that passing their state certification test is equivalent to an MLS, but even if you have an MLS there is no common basic foundation of knowledge you are required to master in graduate school. Confused? S. for qualifying librarians creates a chaotic professional atmosphere. Disagreements about who is and isn’t a librarian abound. We engage in ongoing discussions about the state of LIS education and our profession, “illegal librarians,” and what makes a “real” librarian.

29 • Genealogical resources • Historical documents • Literacy support • Outreach to senior citizens • Popular reading materials • Research support • Town government archives A library today cannot isolate itself—ignoring the importance of new technologies, remote access to resources, collaborative resource sharing, outreach to the underserved, and the use of online social tools—and continue to survive as a library. To be valued in our communities, libraries must change with the times, using the latest methods and technologies to fill their roles as community information centers.

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