Straight from the Stacks: A First Hand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science

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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 guide makes it easy to get a grip on these and other information science career path questions and see the possibilities!

Covering a wide range of Library Information Science professions, Straight from the Stacks offers insiders' perspectives along with plenty of reassurance that career opportunities do exist. Organized by type of institution including public, school, academic, nontraditional, medical/law, and library administration, this useful overview covers the many areas of librarianship and typical jobs in each environment and provides practical answers to the common questions:

  • Should I move ahead for that MLIS?
  • Where can I go with this advanced degree in library science?
  • What else is out there?
  • Am I on the right career path?
  • What experience and training do I need?

First-hand accounts from real-life librarians in a variety of information science disciplines make this career guide come alive, and fifteen sample job descriptions for different niches of information services offer a reality check for those committed to understanding an ever-changing array of possibilities. Tracing career paths, everyday duties, and qualities for succeeding, these spotlights provide perspective from the trenches. From bioinformatics librarian to consumer health librarian to principal and information broker, anyone entering the profession can find an inspirational mentor as well as hard-hitting career-building information.

Laura Townsend Kane

Laura Townsend Kane is head of Cataloging and Acquisitions at the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine Library. She is the author of "Access versus Ownership" in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. An active member of the Medical Library Association and American Library Association, she holds her MLIS from the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science.

"Definitely fills a need for library career guidance. "
—Collection Management

"If the aim is to make the reader take pride in their profession then surely this has been achieved."
—New Library World

"Those considering a library career or mid-course career adjustment shouldn't miss this book. "
—American Libraries

"A superb guide...No Library Science reference collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of Straight from the Stacks."
—The Midwest Book Review

"Highly recommended for library students, paraprofessionals and librarians charting their career ladders. "
—Catholic Library World

"...a frank and honest inside look at librarianship."
—Public Libraries