The Portable MLIS

The Portable MLIS

Insights From the Experts

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Experts in several fields of library and information science have provided introductions to their areas of expertise. This foundation to the profession covers the competencies needed by professional librarians and can serve as both introduction to the new student and an update to the veteran.

Typically, interested laypeople and students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of professional librarians piecemeal or through introductory or core courses. Unlike other fields (e.g., business administration, management), there is no published broad overview of the profession. Almost peculiarly, the basic foundation course in LIS education is about information in context, or libraries and their mission, but not about the competencies of professional librarians as a foundation for future courses.

This book fills that gap, whether as an introduction to the profession or as a response to the question What does a librarian do?

Here, experts in several fields of library and information science provide introductions to their areas of expertise, covering the competencies needed by professional librarians. Accessible and comprehensive, The Portable MLIS can serve as both an introduction for the new student and an update for the veteran.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, c2008.
ISBN: 9781591585473
Characteristics: xix, 296 p. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sheldon, Brooke E.
Haycock, Ken


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bookfanatic1979 Jan 21, 2014

Tedious, and slightly outdated by now (the e-book craze is only mentioned in passing, with no word on tablets or other mobile devices), but if you keep plugging away you’ll find some very helpful tidbits. Those already working in the library field will realize they already know a lot of the information provided. It does serve a very good dual purpose, however, of introducing the neophyte to the library world as well as shoring up and re-enforcing the knowledge and attitudes of veteran workers.

Jul 18, 2011

One of my favourite reference books on the subject. Hope edition 2 will be released within the next year.


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