Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science

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Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science. Laura Townsend Kane. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 167 p. Paper $47 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1103-7).

One hears talk everywhere about changes in the field of librarianship, and the interviews in this book will help readers learn about the new directions the profession is taking. Laura Townsend Kane, assistant director for information services, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, has interviewed thirty-four successful librarians about their careers, jobs, and technology to provide a wide-ranging review of librarianship now.

Particularly well suited to new librarians and those wishing to change roles, this book is an update to Kane's 2003 book, Straight from the Stacks: A Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science (ALA). In this new book, Kane arranges her interviews by roles rather than type of library because technology has dissolved many of the traditional boundaries in librarianship. Each chapter begins with an overview of the roles being covered. The interviews generally cover interviewees' job duties, how they started and progressed in the profession, how they have participated in professional societies, and how they keep up and stay connected with the field. …

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