An estimated 500,000 people work in some 130,000 libraries across the country, according to the American Library Association. A library’s primary purpose is to acquire, store, organize, disseminate, and provide access to the vast bodies of available knowledge and information. Most people are unaware, however, that an incredibly broad range of activities takes place behind the average library doors, including exhibitions of valuable prints, readings by authors, conferences of scholars, and collaborative brainstorming on information technologies and how best to use them for the benefit of the library community.
Providing comprehensive descriptions of more than 85 jobs, Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science offers clear, accessible information on careers in this exciting field. Sections include Librarians, Special Librarians, Library Assistants, Library Technicians, Information Managers, Information Scientists and Technicians, and Education. Invaluable appendixes list educational institutions, periodicals, professional associations, and useful Web sites, and a glossary and bibliography are also provided.
Career profiles include:
- Business librarian
- Data miner
- Database administrator
- Government archivist
- Information architect
- Information broker
- Information services technician
- Knowledge engineer
- Library aide
- Medical librarian
- Records manager
- Serials and acquisitions librarian
- and more.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Web sites.
About the Author(s)
Allan Taylor is a freelance author, editor, indexer, and researcher. He is the coauthor of Career Opportunities in the Energy Industry; Career Opportunities in Writing; Career Opportunities in Television and Cable; and Career Opportunities in the Internet, Video Games, and Multimedia, all for Ferguson Publishing. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
James Robert Parish is a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book editor. He is the coauthor of Career Opportunities in the Energy Industry; Career Opportunities in Writing; Career Opportunities in Television and Cable; and Career Opportunities in the Internet, Video Games, and Multimedia. He is also the author of numerous biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry. He lives in Studio City, California.
Foreword author Nancy Roderer, M.L.I.S., holds a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from the University of Dayton and an M.L.I.S. in information retrieval from the University of Maryland. She has worked as a consultant, librarian, and medical informatician in the District of Columbia, New York City, New Haven, and Baltimore.