The accidental librarian / Pamela H. MacKellar.

By: MacKellar, Pamela H
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Medford, N.J. : Information Today, ©2008Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 406 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781573879323; 1573879320; 1573873381; 9781573873383Subject(s): Library science -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Libraries -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Library & Information Science -- General | Libraries | Library science | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. | Handbooks and manuals. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Accidental librarian.DDC classification: 020.973 LOC classification: Z665.2.U6 | M33 2008ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
What is a librarian? -- What are libraries? -- Libraries and the people they serve -- Determining the needs of the people you serve -- Letting your vision, mission, and plan be your guides -- Developing the library's collection -- Acquiring information for the library -- Organizing the library's information -- Retrieving and disseminating information -- Library services -- Library policies -- Library management essentials -- Library marketing -- Removing barriers -- Public access computers -- Automated catalogs -- Online reference tools -- Library 2.0 -- Getting connected and finding support -- Librarian certification -- Continuing education, distance education, and degree programs.
Summary: Are you doing the job of a librarian without the advantage of a library degree or professional experience? Do you wonder what you might have missed in formal library education, how highly trained librarians stay on top of their game, or what skills and qualities library directors look for? Have we got the book for you! Pamela H. MacKellar?a 25-year library veteran who has mentored "accidental" librarians in all types of settings?covers library principles, practices, and tools of the trade. She offers tips, examples, and simple exercises to increase your understanding. Whether you are seeking a thorough grounding in library fundamentals or simply looking for ways to serve more effectively in your current role, The Accidental Librarian is a great place to start.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-394) and index.

What is a librarian? -- What are libraries? -- Libraries and the people they serve -- Determining the needs of the people you serve -- Letting your vision, mission, and plan be your guides -- Developing the library's collection -- Acquiring information for the library -- Organizing the library's information -- Retrieving and disseminating information -- Library services -- Library policies -- Library management essentials -- Library marketing -- Removing barriers -- Public access computers -- Automated catalogs -- Online reference tools -- Library 2.0 -- Getting connected and finding support -- Librarian certification -- Continuing education, distance education, and degree programs.

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Are you doing the job of a librarian without the advantage of a library degree or professional experience? Do you wonder what you might have missed in formal library education, how highly trained librarians stay on top of their game, or what skills and qualities library directors look for? Have we got the book for you! Pamela H. MacKellar?a 25-year library veteran who has mentored "accidental" librarians in all types of settings?covers library principles, practices, and tools of the trade. She offers tips, examples, and simple exercises to increase your understanding. Whether you are seeking a thorough grounding in library fundamentals or simply looking for ways to serve more effectively in your current role, The Accidental Librarian is a great place to start.

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