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 customary workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid type. within the procedure, they provide these drawn to discovering the same task publicity to helpful abilities and suggestion throughout a wide selection of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, institution, and precise libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are covered.Many humans, not only these new to the sector of Library and data technological know-how, are eager about their profession techniques. The editors of LIScareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, each one of whom describes a customary workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid style. within the strategy, they give these drawn to discovering the same task publicity to priceless abilities and recommendation throughout a wide selection of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, college, and specific libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are lined. it is a ideal consultant for library and knowledge technology scholars, potential info pros, new librarians-or somebody contemplating a profession swap.

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Having a firm commitment to intellectual freedom and being able to effectively communicate that position is one way that you will have a very real impact on children’s services in your library. Collection policies, statements of intellectual freedom, procedures for dealing with challenged material, and the support of your library administration are all vital elements to have in place. I must be able to explain why materials and services are provided or excluded from my library and consider the best interests of the youth when setting policy that affects their library access.

These aspects will vary depending on your library, but it is important that someone with a focus on young readers fine-tunes details like these to ensure that an item is in the optimum position to attract its reader. Although I currently purchase only replacement copies and seek to fill gaps in the collection, at other libraries I was responsible for ordering all of the juvenile material. To do this I read reviews in publications such as School Library Journal and Booklist. Because our collections now include more diverse formats (such as DVDs, graphic novels, and electronic resources), I have had to work harder to find good resources for evaluating products.

Because my position is so overloaded, I cannot take any work time to engage in professional development or training. All my efforts to stay current in the profession and in technology training happen during off-work hours. There simply isn’t the time at work to do it, so I do it on my own time. In my opinion, not to do so would be professionally irresponsible and limit my ability to do my job effectively. I do hope that some day I will actually have time at work to keep my skills current. Finally, because I am responsible for so many different areas, the position is extremely high pressure and high stress.

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