This week has brought several questions from people who maybe want to be librarians into my life, so it seems about time for another round of my advice for people considering the field. I’m mostly going to be talking here about people who are interested in MLIS requiring positions in libraries (including special libraries) but I’ll touch on other roles in libraries as well.
My advice is also US centric: I gather much of it is also true in Canada. While I think the general ideas apply other places, the specifics might not, so research your own location.
Continue reading So you want to be a librarian?
A few links for this week:
Why do we use this tool?
I’ve been reading a lot of back posts from Havi Brooks this week, whose stuff I adore and recommend on the productivity/doing stuff better front, but found one from her from 2008 about Twitter that I really liked and wanted to highlight – it’s a great focus on “Why use this tool, what is it best for?” that I appreciate a lot as an approach.
On Borders and bankruptcy:
I’ve been reading various commentary on this (as one does when one’s personal and professional blog reading includes a number of authors naturally interested in the topic of where their books might be sold and what that means), and have been hoping someone would come up with a really great link roundup. Writer Beware has done so! There are some interesting additional links in comments.
(If you write, or are thinking about writing for publication, especially in genre literature, I recommend reading them in general: they bust publishing scams and all those ideas that seem tempting, but don’t quite add up.)
Library stuff :