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So You Want to Be a Librarian

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Librarians tend to love their work and consider librarianship a great career. This book is by a talented librarian who wants to introduce people, especially people searching for the right career, to the profession. It answers such questions as: What do librarians do? What are the different types of libraries and professional jobs in libraries? What are librarians all about...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Library Juice Press (first published 2009)
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Overall, I think this is an excellent resource for anyone pursuing a career as a librarian. As a library school student, I think she does a very accurate and honest job of telling you what it is like and her tips for school survival are great. If she is this good at describing the school experience, I think it is safe to assume her advice and discussion for the actual work of being a librarian is accurate as well.
I read this book because I have been toying with the idea of changing fields to libriarianship these past few years, and am now researching it in earnest. This book is truly an excellent resource for anyone considering moving to the field of librarianship. The first section of the book provides detail about the many specialties and subdivisions of librarianship, and highlights many of the issues facing the field. The latter portion of the book deals more with the MLIS- how to choose a program, t...more
Good introduction to librarianship. However, it was a bit repetitive.
I had hoped this book would help me decide whether I should article, go to library school, or choose something entirely different... no such luck. It didn't really improve my understanding of what being a librarian entails at all - the information was all fairly obvious, which is not really a comfort given that I knew what being a lawyer would entail but had no way of predicting my extreme contempt for the profession.
I really enjoyed reading this book as I prepare to apply for library science school! While the overview of different types a libraries was mostly a refresher for me, as a current library employee, I appreciated the review of how expansive the field of librarianship is. I especially enjoyed the interviews of librarians in different areas of librarianship, and the list of recommended websites in the back of the book is quite good.
Good, comprehensive information and resources. The book is in serious need of a proofreader; far too many sentences have missing or extraneous words. I liked the informational interviews from many aspects of librarianship at the end.
Highly recommended for people interested in or curious about what librarians do. It offers relevant and helpful information on librarianship as well as practical advice on how to join the profession.
So you're a 16-year-old who wants to be a librarian...
Useful overview of the profession for younger folk than I. But it's now four years old and needs an update.
It had some helpful advice, but the lady needs to get a better editor. SO. MANY. TYPOS.
Well, probably not anymore.
Awesome resource!
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Lauren Pressley is a librarian, educator, and technologist. She is actively involved in the American Library Association and the Library and Information Technology Association. In 2008 she was recognized as an ALA Emerging Leader and in 2009 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She lives with her husband, John Borwick, and their son in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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