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Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science

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Thanks in part to technology, the boundaries of library positions are dissolving. It is no longer practical to discuss the profession in terms of traditional library types, and in today's library, the relationship between librarians and technology is stronger than ever. In this informative volume, veteran author Kane interviews dozens of practicing librarians who are ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published 2011 by Chicago : American Library Association
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Paul Signorelli
Mar 19, 2012 Paul Signorelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: learning, libraries
Laura Townsend Kane's "Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science," written primarily for those considering a career in libraries and those considering a mid-career change, is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in how libraries and library work are changing. Featuring interviews with more than 30 library insiders, "Working in the Virtual Stacks" introduces us to librarians as subject specialists; technology gurus and social networkers; teachers and community ...more
Ruby
Aug 09, 2012 Ruby rated it it was ok
Each chapter explores a different type of "new librarian" and provides a half dozen or so profiles of working professionals in the field. A few chapters were valuable, but others left me shrugging about what was really all that new in the roles they were describing. In several cases, it seemed like Kane deemed the addition of technology to traditional roles sufficient to label them "new librarians." I would argue that the need for librarians to keep up with technology is nothing new. In fact, ...more
Cynthia Varady
Aug 19, 2011 Cynthia Varady rated it really liked it
This book had great descriptions of careers for information professionals, both traditional and non traditional. Each chapter was broken up by a description entailing schooling, experience necessary, traits for success, and professional organization for more information followed by several "spotlights" on actual professionals in the featured career field.

Folks with MLIS degrees don't just work in libraries anymore. Information professionals work in universities, for private firms, as constants,
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