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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 can serve as both an introduction for the new student and an update for the veteran.

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"For the layperson or the beginning librarian, Haycock and Sheldon bring together the work of 18 leading educators and practitioners in the field of librarianship. Separated into three parts, this is a broad overview of the profession, answering the age-old questions, what is it that you do? and why do you need to go to school? Beginning with five essays on the foundations, values, and context of the field, the work continues with 11 chapters on the functions and competencies of librarianship, followed by two chapters on Moving beyond Boundaries. Twelve appendixes provide documents of importance to librarians and their field. Notes for each chapter are presented in a listing at the end of the work, along with an extensive index to assist the user in locating the area of importance to them."



"…Michael Gorman's offering on professional ethics and values in a changing world is certainly worthwhile, informed by his long engagement with the philosophy of librarianship… Donald O. Case's chapter 'Information Seeking,' is nuanced and appreciative of the complexities of the digital environment. And Laura Kane's chapter on 'Careers and Environments' is an upbeat excursion through many traditional and emerging streams of librarianship…Edward Evans deals ably with all aspects of library marketing and creating service collections and offer some good advice for both new and seasoned practitioners about how to build partnerships and sustain relationships."


College & Research Libraries News

"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."



"Haycock and Sheldon have compiled a series of essays on all aspects of librarianship, written by experts in the field. This collection serves as an introduction to library work for those interested in the field, those just starting out, or as a refresher for the experienced professional. It provides excellent discussions on the core competencies necessary for each aspect of librarianship, from systems to public service. Librarianship in its wider context, such as its history, ethics, values, and role in human rights and global issues, is also covered. The book is broken down into three sections: foundations, values, and context; functions and competencies; and moving beyond boundaries. Extensive appendices provide foundational documents in librarianship, including core values, code of ethics, position statements, and competency lists. This is an excellent and comprehensive resource on the role and value of librarianship in today's world."


Info Career Trends

"The Portable MLIS is an innovative and timely publication. . . . This library information science education-based, pragmatic volume would be a good addition to the professional collections of Library Schools and all other libraries."


Library Times International

"The title makes for an instant textbook for library program foundation courses or those thinking of joining the profession. Veteran librarians will want to dip into specific essays as part of their personal professional development. Recommended."


Library Media Connection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591585473
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 580,335
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

KEN HAYCOCK is professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. He was previously director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia and has developed led and reviewed academic, public, school and special libraries. Dr. Haycock is immediate past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and a past member of the Executive Board of the American Library Association, among others, and has taught graduate courses in foundations and management. He is a prolific writer and editor and an award-winning professional and scholar.

BROOKE E. SHELDON has held senior positions in the library profession as well as being dean of Library and Information Science at Arizona, Texas-Austin and Texas Woman's University. Dr. Sheldon is a past president of the American Library Association and past chair of its Committee on Accreditation, among others, and has taught graduate courses in foundations and management. She is a prolific writer and editor and an award-winning professional and scholar. The authors are award-winning leaders in their field, recognized for innovation in Library and Information Science education in Canada and the United States and beyond. Much more detail on their backgrounds, their prior publications and profiles is readily available.

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Table of Contents

How to Think Like a Librarian: An Introduction Ken Haycock Haycock, Ken Brooke E. Sheldon Sheldon, Brooke E.

Pt. I Foundations, Values and Context

1 Stepping Back and Looking Forward: Reflections on the Foundations of Libraries and Librarianship Richard E. Rubin Rubin, Richard E. 3

2 Professional Ethics and Values in a Changing World Michael Gorman Gorman, Michael 15

3 Human Rights, Democracy, and Librarians Kathleen de la Pena McCook McCook, Kathleen de la Pena Katharine Phenix Phenix, Katharine 23

4 Information Seeking Donald O. Case Case, Donald O. 35

5 Careers and Environments Laura Kane Kane, Laura 42

Pt. II Functions and Competencies

6 Another Look at Leadership Brooke E. Sheldon Sheldon, Brooke E. 57

7 Management: An Essential Skill for Today's Librarians Barbara B. Moran Moran, Barbara B. 65

8 Marketing - The Driving Force of Your Library Christie Koontz Koontz, Christie 77

9 Reflections on Creating Information Service Collections G. Edward Evans Evans, G. Edward 87

10 Organization and Representation of Information/Knowledge Arlene G. Taylor Taylor, Arlene G. 98

11 Information Retrieval: Designing, Querying, and Evaluating Information Systems Judith Weedman Weedman, Judith 112

12 Reference Service: The Personal Side of Librarianship David A. Tyckoson Tyckoson, David A. 127

13 Librarians: The Best Googlers in the World Linda Main Main, Linda 147

14 Readers Advisory Services: How to Help Users Find a "Good Book" Mary K. Chelton Chelton, Mary K. 159

15 Research Ron Powell Powell, Ron 168

16 Learning and Using Evaluation: A Practical Introduction Charles R. McClure McClure, Charles R. 179

Pt. III Moving BeyondBoundaries

17 LIS Professionals in a Global Society Barbara J. Ford Ford, Barbara J. 195

18 Issues and Trends Ken Haycock Haycock, Ken 204


A Core Values of Librarianship 215

B Code of Ethics 218

C Library Bill of Rights 220

D Freedom to Read Statement 225

E Students' Bill of Information Rights 229

F Libraries: An American Value 231

G Sample Policies: National Information Services and Responsibilities 233

H Retention of Library Usage Records 237

I School Library Position Statements 239

J Competencies for Information Professionals of the Twenty-first Century 240

K Students' Information Literacy Needs in the Twenty-first Century: Competencies for Teacher-librarians 252

L Professional Associations 261

Notes 271

Index 281

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