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Straight from the Stacks

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
For library students, paraprofessionals, and librarians who are wondering if they have their ladder against the right wall, Straight from the stacks fills the need for an up-to-date resource that uncovers the amazing and varied jobs available in the library field. Encompassing both traditional and nontraditional career paths in libraries, this comprehensive and engaging gu ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by American Library Association
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Jan 30, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A fantastic overview of many varied positions in the library field. this is one of the best books I've read on the subject. Many librarians in different roles are profiles and tell their own story of what they do day to day. They also share tips on what is needed to break into each area. It is a little dated and all areas are described as being in demand, so take that with a grain of salt.
Liz De Coster
Mar 27, 2011 Liz De Coster rated it it was ok
Shelves: lis
Very profile-intense, featuring a cross-section of different careers in library science. Unfortunately, there's very little information in here useful to somebody who already has their MLS.
Feb 03, 2017 Mirabelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The information in this book is probably a little old at this point, but it still offers very valuable insight and still relevant information in the library field.

I honestly wouldn't recommend reading this book cover to cover because it is quite dry, but it's great reference material. I forced myself to read every chapter in case I discovered a new field I was interested in, but I really have no interest in becoming a medical or law librarian and reading those chapters did not change my mind in
Robert Beveridge
Laura Townsend Kane, Straight from the Stacks: A Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library Science (American Library Association, 2003)

Straightforward, if somewhat dry, book about, as the subtitle tells you, careers in library science. Each chapter covers a different area of the field, giving an overview, interviews with prominent members of the field, and a short section of recommended qualifications. It's very informative, but there's no sense of flair, of style, to make the average reader want to
Lesley Looper
May 21, 2009 Lesley Looper rated it really liked it
This book provides a nice overview of various segments of the library field. I enjoyed reading the spotlights of professionals in the different fields. Common threads, aside from a library science degree, included continuing education, networking, and coming to library science after other jobs and careers. The things I enjoyed reading about most in this book were about nontraditional libraries, the academic instructional services librarian, the San Diego Zoo librarian, the the clinical librarian ...more
Darell Schmick
Dec 10, 2010 Darell Schmick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mls, librarianship
This book is a wonderful introduction to discovering everything that librarians can do! I read this book before I graduated high school, again during college, and again when I was halfway through my MLS. It was an enjoyable and light read. Especially rewarding reading it as I grew and gained more understanding of the Library profession. The library profiles were fantastic; Mrs. Kane pulled some active voices for interview (such as superstar School Librarian Toni Buzzeo who still is totally activ ...more
Jan 27, 2008 Courtney rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone considering librarianship as a career
Shelves: nonfiction, libraries
The authors reviews several areas of librarianship: public, academic, school, special, and nontraditional. Each area has a descriptive overview of that area, profiles of people with a variety of jobs in that area, and sample job descriptions with a list of the common responsibilities of that job, required education and training, and related professional organizations. I have to confess I only skimmed most of the book, only taking time to read the parts that interested me the most. However, this ...more
Jul 09, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book would be great if you knew absolutely nothing about how different types of libraries function. If you are already familiar, then just skim the book looking for what might be useful for you. I'm not a librarian, but I have worked in both public and academic libraries and I found the information to be very broad, but what can be expected in a field that is so broad. Ultimately, the duties of a librarian will vary from institution to institution.
Nov 04, 2012 L rated it it was amazing
I read this when I first began my MLS, and now that I am on the other side, find this to be an excellent resource for Library Science majors who are conducting an employment search. The profiles and bios of librarians from all four library types, accompanied by job description examples, were helpful items to gain a better understanding of the real life roles of librarians.
May 08, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
This was a helpful book, but I found it really hard to read through. I guess you have to be selective in the type of library you are interested in. I read through and it took me weeks to get through the book after reading the parts I wanted to know about. The information was helpful, and I really loved the personal profiles. A good way to learn something about what librarians really do.
Mrs Bond
Mar 10, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Shelves: libraryfun
Great overview of the various venues where those with an MLS might find themselves: Public, School/Child/Young Adult, Academic, Medical, Law, Nontraditional (corporate/freelance). Includes sample job descriptions, notes on the environment, education and training needs, suggested professional memberships and many "spotlight" experiences of those working in the field.
Jul 19, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Really helpful book for those who want to narrow down career paths and goals in Library and Information Sciences.
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