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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc. (October 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573873381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573873383
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela H. MacKellar is an author, teacher, speaker and library consultant who was a librarian for over 30 years. She has held positions as a newspaper librarian, library director, assistant librarian, health sciences librarian, cataloger, technology consultant and independent consultant in libraries of all kinds including special, school, public, post-secondary, tribal, prison and state library agency.

Pam's most recent book is Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: a LITA Guide. She also wrote The Accidental Librarian and co-authored Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Grants for Libraries: a How-To-Do-It Manual for librarians. She has written several articles and a web tutorial for the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences; presented at library conferences; and taught classes and workshops on grants for libraries and non-profits. Pam currently teaches online professional development classes for librarians through Simmons College and the Association of College and Research Libraries, and an undergraduate class for asipiring library technicians at Dona Ana Branch Community College.

Pam has conceived, planned, written proposals for, and implemented new programs funded with government and foundation grants, administered grant projects and reviewed grant proposals for federal and state agencies. She co-hosts the Library Grants Blog.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not every staff librarian set out to become a librarian or has the advantage of specific library training. Many a librarian must figure out how to stay abreast of the rapid technological advances in the realm of library science. Then there all the volunteers who find themselves (often because of community library budget cuts in these hard economic times) having to perform duties once reserved for professionally trained library staff members. That's why Pamela MacKellar's "The Accidental Librarian" is such a valuably informed and informative instructional guide and introduction to library principles, practices, and tools. Replete throughout with illustrative examples, practical tips, and useful exercises, "The Accidental Librarian" is an invaluable and highly recommended read for any library professional or volunteer seeking to improve their ability to serve their patrons.
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Perhaps the book is about those who have come into the job of Librarian through the immersion method, but it is also a great book for new library students and people who might consider librarianship. The author gives a good overview of things to think about as a librarian. She gives examples of people who suddenly found themselves thrust into the role, and she gives examples of resources and things that must be considered if one wishes to succeed on the job. It's a very good first book for a new library student to read, and it is an excellent book for those getting on the job training. It is not the only book one will need, since this is just an overview, but it is a great start. I really liked it.
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