A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information by Priscilla K. Shontz

By Priscilla K. Shontz

The editors of liscareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, every one of whom describes a customary workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid style. within the method, they provide these attracted to discovering an analogous task publicity to invaluable abilities and suggestion throughout a large choice of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, college, and distinctive libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, owners, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are covered.Many humans, not only these new to the sector of Library and data technological know-how, are eager about their profession recommendations. The editors of LIScareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, each one of whom describes a regular workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid type. within the procedure, they provide these drawn to discovering the same task publicity to priceless talents and recommendation throughout a large choice of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, university, and distinct libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are lined. this can be a excellent advisor for library and knowledge technology scholars, potential info pros, new librarians-or somebody contemplating a occupation swap.

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M. on weekdays, I sometimes receive e-mail from library staff after I’ve left for the day. Usually, some of the e-mail is informational, and some may involve requests for statistical reports. Having a general idea of what will need my immediate attention helps me decide how I should best budget my time. Just as with any other library job, organization is key. I regularly compile several statistical reports, including monthly reports on number of items checked out, number of items borrowed and lent through our consortium’s interlibrary loan service, and the number of items ordered from various vendors.

CHAPTER 6 Electronic Services Librarian SARAH HOUGHTON-JAN I am the e-services librarian for the Marin County Free Library in northern California, a system of eleven physical branches located in both rural and urban communities. I think of my job as being the manager of an additional Internet branch. Ever evolving, my position currently has four main areas of responsibility: I design, code, and maintain the library’s Web site of over two thousand discrete pages; direct electronic resources development (including selection and support of databases, Web services, and e-books); coordinate the staffing and training for our three virtual reference services (e-mail, Web-based chat, and instant messaging); and train library staff on a variety of subjects, from basic computer skills to online reference sources.

Informing people that they have not been selected is never easy. I try to focus on what they did well but also let them know how they did not meet the selection criteria. No matter how many of these I experience, giving bad news is always difficult. Out with the Problem The number one tip for any person who has to manage staff, regardless of the position: make file notes. I have learned the hard way that you must document your interactions and conversations with staff. Yes, it does take a lot of time, but if you need to use them, these notes will be well worth having.

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