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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Harriette Susan Kelly, M.L.I.S.(Ohio Valley Medical Center)
Description: This is a compilation of more than a dozen authors' ideas of what challenges the librarian faces today and in the future and ways of coping with and using the new technological advances in librarianship.
Purpose: Author John Edwards succeeds in his authorship of a "source book" for librarians with an introduction to problems librarians are facing in the new millennium and their solutions. In addition to this introduction, Mr. Edwards calls upon the expertise of others to address a number of librarians' concerns from security issues to cross-training staff on the reference desk with an emphasis on the impact of technology on the everyday business of the library.
Audience: This publication is aimed at the reference librarian within the law library, but in my judgment administrators as well as students of library science will find this publication beneficial. Mr. Edwards' long association with legal libraries and teaching makes him an authority on these topics.
Features: New technology is changing how we as librarians do our job and how our patrons access information. The personal computer has redefined the work of the librarian and this book briefly outlines the computer skills that the librarian of the new millennium needs to possess; redefines the reference librarian's job; offers information on extending services beyond the library via use of the Web; gives advice on conducting the legal reference interview; generates ideas on the library tour; and offers suggestions for drafting useable rules,enacting fees for services, and handling security problems. The expansive reference list at the end of each chapter is helpful to those readers wishing to explore the topic in more detail. This publication is definitely geared towards those working within the legal library field.
Assessment: This is a valuable tool for anyone working or considering working in a legal library. The information is thought-provoking and the references are complete.