Shontz and Murray are editor and assistant editor of popular Web site LIScareer.com. Shontz has written two other books on the subject of careers in library and information science, but this one is a bit different in that she has librarians in the field tell us what it's really like to do what they do. Contributors write about more than 90 unique jobs, what their typical workdays are like, the pros and cons of their positions, how one would go about getting a job like theirs, and resources that correspond to positions like theirs. The book is an interesting read for those thinking of a career change or interested in pursuing a new direction in the field of library and information science. There are some positions that most readers probably wouldn't think of, such as "Golf Librarian" and "Web Marketing Coordinator." Donaldson, Christy
"If a general overview of what one can do with a library degree is of interest, this work may prove useful."
"A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Science is an omnibus anthology of ninety-five essays by diverse authors. Focusing primarily upon the many different types of library science jobs available, from working for school libraries or special libraries to library vendors, positions in publishing, and nontraditional careers such as personal librarian or independent information professional, A Day in the Life is a first-rate resource for library and information science students, prospective information professionals, new librarians, and anyone considering a career change. An index for quick reference rounds out this broad-ranged anthology steeped in the professional field experience of its many contributors."
Midwest Book Review
"This book is extremely engaging and written in a breezy, conversational style. The contributors are very forthcoming, and will leave students and researchers looking for careers as information professionals with much food for thought. A Day in the Life is recommended for public, community college, and academic libraries."
American Reference Books Annual
"Shontz and Murray have gathered a diverse selection of career options available for those with an MLS, and each chapter is written by a person working in the position covered. Public, academic, school, and special librarianship are represented, as well as positions with consortia, library schools, vendors, publishers, associations and agencies, and other nontraditional arenas….This book would be an excellent source for library and information science students and is recommended for libraries in institutions that grant library and information science degrees."
Reference & User Services Quarterly
"The editors of LIScareer.com Murray (librarian, Spanish and Portuguese language, Duke U.) and Shontz, a freelance writer and former librarian provide a collection of 95 accounts of careers in library and information science by those who work in them. Public, academic, school, and special libraries, as well as those in consortia, LIS faculty, vendors, publishing, associations and agencies, and nontraditional careers (such as consultants and nonlibrary fields), contribute their experiences in a variety of careers in these fields. They each share about their typical workday or routine, advantages and disadvantages of their positions, and give advice to job seekers. They focus on the US, but some share experiences working around the world."
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