"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." -
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.