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The Portable MLIS: Insights from the Experts

The Portable MLIS: Insights from the Experts [Kindle Edition]

Ken Haycock , Brooke E. Sheldon

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"Writing for the layperson or the beginning librarian, Haycock and Sheldon bring together the insights of 18 leading educators and practitioners in the field of librarianship. Separated into three parts, this is the first published broad overview of the competencies of professionally trained librarians. Finally answering the age-old questions asked of many librarians--'What is it that you do?' and Why do you need to go to school?'--"The Portable MLIS" introduces the continually evolving, changing, and oftentimes exciting universe of librarianship. . . . A welcome addition to a public or academic library, this might also be a useful book for those in a school or other small library where the importance of a trained librarian needs to be emphasized." -


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Experts in several fields of library and information science have provided introductions to their areas of expertise. This foundation to the profession covers the competencies needed by professional librarians and can serve as both introduction to the new student and an update to the veteran.

Typically, interested laypeople and students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of professional librarians piecemeal or through introductory or core courses. Unlike other fields (e.g., business administration, management), there is no published broad overview of the profession. Almost peculiarly, the basic foundation course in LIS education is about information in context, or libraries and their mission, but not about the competencies of professional librarians as a foundation for future courses.

This book fills that gap, whether as an introduction to the profession or as a response to the question What does a librarian do?

Here, experts in several fields of library and information science provide introductions to their areas of expertise, covering the competencies needed by professional librarians. Accessible and comprehensive, The Portable MLIS≪/i> can serve as both an introduction for the new student and an update for the veteran.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2901 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (30 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001HBHWV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview for the Newbie 23 Nov 2009
By L.W. - Published on
I recently completed my MLIS and used this book as one of many tools to review for my comprehensive exam. I found the text most useful in summarizing and highlighting ethics issues, especially those discussed in the ALA's labyrinthine Intellectual Freedom Manual. Still, if you're looking for depth and substantial context, you're better off using the authors' original works (especially Rubin and Taylor). If you're thinking about going to library school, this is a good overview of what you'll be learning in the core courses. You may find it to be very relevant material, especially if you've never worked in a library before (which, personally, I HIGHLY recommend before you commit to a graduate school program). Overall, I'd recommend checking this book out from the library before committing to buying it at such a steep cover price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version 9 Feb 2010
By M. S. Javier - Published on
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This review is for the Kindle version. I'm using this book for my intro class in library school. This book is better than the other ones I've read (i.e., Foundations of Library Science; Libraries in the Information Age), which were painfully dull and largely theoretical. Of the couple of chapters I've read, I could tell that this book is different. I especially liked Laura Kane's contributions, which made me laugh, a first for me while reading a library textbook!

However, aside from the need for more proofreading of this book, the Kindle version was annoyingly cumbersome to use. I thought the TOC was hyperlinked because the chapter titles were underlined, but was I wrong. I had to use the Search function to get to a specific chapter. Also, if I press the Prev Page button more than twice, I end up at the beginning of the chapter!

I appreciate the convenience of having this title on Kindle, but for the price, I wish it had better navigation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook 18 Mar 2010
By K. Mandalay - Published on
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I chose my class based on how this textbook looked and was reviewed, and I chose well. I love this textbook. Each chapter is written by a different professional librarian, and they are informative, engaging, interesting, and fun to read. It is a great introduction to the field of librarianship and truly enjoyable reading. It does not feel like a textbook at all, more like fun reading. If you are considering becoming a librarian, this would be a great introduction to the field.
I have found some typos in the text, basic grammatical errors and homynym errors (i.e. their instead of there) but hopefully future edits of this book will clean up those errors.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, but worth it 22 Jan 2014
By bookfanatic1979 - Published on
Tedious, and slightly outdated by now (the e-book craze is only mentioned in passing, with no word on tablets or other mobile devices), but if you keep plugging away you’ll find some very helpful tidbits. Those already working in the library field will realize they already know a lot of the information provided. It does serve a very good dual purpose, however, of introducing the neophyte to the library world as well as shoring up and re-enforcing the knowledge and attitudes of veteran workers.
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book! 4 Dec 2013
By Julia D. Ree - Published on
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Exceeded my expectations! If you want to get insight into our profession, or just want a heads-up on your capstone class/competency requirements, this is the book for you!
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