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Jump-Start Your Career as a Digital Librarian: A LITA Guide
Edited by Jane D. Monson
Item Number: 978-1-55570-877-1
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $47.00
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248 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 9781555708771
Year Published: 2013

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The skills of digital librarianship are more crucial than ever, and these same skills are in high demand outside the field, from tech startups undertaking digitization projects to digital humanities centers bringing together professors, computer scientists, and information technologists. Map out your career in this fast-growing field with the full range of perspectives gathered in this clear, concise overview of the core concepts and competencies of digital librarianship. Twenty-one experienced practitioners from a variety of settings offer realistic views of today’s job market, typical project dynamics, and employer expectations. Whether you’re a new graduate just starting out or a seasoned professional transitioning from a more traditional area such as cataloging or archives, you’ll benefit from this book’s valuable coverage of topics such as
  • Activities and roles of the digital librarian, including management of digital projects and collaboration
  • Developing and using transferable skills
  • Becoming familiar with metadata
  • How digital librarians are re-shaping scholarly publishing
  • The concept and framework of digital preservation best practices
  • Technical competencies such as XML and content management systems
Familiarity with digital practices is increasingly important for all information professionals, and this book offers a solid foundation in the discipline.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Jane D. Monson

Part 1: Planning Your Career

1 So You Want to Be a Digital Librarian—What Does That Mean?
by Jim DelRosso and Cory Lampert

2 Getting the Most Out of Library School
by Micah Vandegrift and Annie Pho

3 Landing Your First Job 
by Elyssa M. Sanner, Catherine P. Wagner, and Krista E. Clumpner

4 Making a Career Shift
by Michelle Czaikowski Underhill and Linda Burkey Wade

Case Study
Transitioning from Interlibrary Loan to Digitization

5 Furthering Your Career
by Roy Tennant
Part 2: Practicing Your Career

6 Understanding Key Technology Concepts
by Matt Zimmerman

7 Managing Digital Projects
by Ione Damasco, Frances Rice, and Somaly Kim Wu

Case Study 1
Digitizing University Archives Photographs
Case Study 2
Web Page Auditing and Site Migration 

8 Learning about Metadata
by Jennifer Phillips

9 Putting Metadata into Practice 
by Silvia B. Southwick and Jane Skoric

Case Study
Developing “Menus: The Art of Dining” Digital Collection at UNLV

10 Understanding Your Role in the New Scholarly Publishing Landscape 
by Anne Shelley and Amy S. Jackson

11 Collaborating on Digital Projects 
by Andrew Weiss

Case Study
Collaboration at Forsyth Library, FHSU 

12 Preserving Digital Content 
by Heidi N. Abbey

About the Contributors 

About the Authors

Jane D. Monson received her MLS from the University of Iowa and is digital initiatives librarian at the University of Northern Colorado. She was previously digital projects librarian at Truman State University in Missouri. She has been published in Computers in Libraries magazine, is a book reviewer for the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, and serves on the Library and Information Technology Association’s Publications Committee.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

"Information professions, such as experienced librarians migrating from cataloging or archives to digital collections, as well as recent graduates in library science can realize invaluable benefits from this practical book. For example, readers will learn how to develop and use transferable skills and get a good look at the activities and roles of the digital librarian in managing digital projects by successful collaboration, which can be applied immediately on the job."
--Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries

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