Resources for Library & Information Technology students
This is a new section (Jan, 2007). Feel free to add whatever content and links may be of use to anyone studying in the field of Library & Information Technology, whether towards a Masters of Library Science or a certificate program. --C.B.
Library blogs, journals & forums of particular interest to students
- Library Lovers' LiveJournal - a well used forum with lively conversation and many topics of relevance for students.
- Library Student Journal - an open submission, peer-reviewed student publication of the University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies.
- Librarian Wannabes - questions and concerns about papers and projects, ideas and thoughts . . . sign up at Yahoo!Groups.
- Current Studies in Librarianship - This peer-reviewed student journal is published at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
- Rethinking Information Careers -This bi-monthly blog discusses trends developing in LIS and strategies to broaden opportunities within our profession to make the most of our library and information technology skills in furthering our careers.
Important Books & Resources
- The Librarian’s Career Guidebook, Priscilla K. Shontz ed. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2004) - reviewed by Deborah Hicks, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) in the Library Student Journal for November 2006. See Amazon.com
- Characteristics of the Successful 21st Century Information Professional, Dennie Heye (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2006) - reviewd by Mary Ellen Bates for Library Associates LibBlog (n.d.). See Amazon.com. See also Amazon.co.uk-Chandos Publishingfor more details.
- The Nextgen Librarian's Survival Guide, Rachel Singer Gordon (Information Today, 2006) - Amazon.com
- Student Guide to Research in the Digital Age: How to Locate and Evaluate Information Sources, Leslie F. Stebbins (Libraries Unlimited, 2006) - Amazon.com
- FlashcardExchange - at the moment there is only a small set of cards for studying MARC. But this site has the potential to develop into a tremendous study aid with just a few more contributions.
- Dewey Decimal System Game - Games include matching, flashcards, and concentration of Dewey Decimal System numbers and their classification.
- San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS) Podcasts - a colloquia series to provide a forum for faculty, alumni, and students to present their works/projects and to exchange research ideas.
Library Job Futures
Changing technologies & the issue of library obsolescence
Many predictions regarding the future of Library & Information Technology cite rapid technological advancement as having serious impact on job trends in this field. Some see these changes as primarily negative, claiming "technological changes will likely cause job losses in libraries/reference centres" (see Service Canada). Others agree that "the internet is changing the way knowledge is circulated," but they see a positive side to this phenomenon. "Since the mass of data contained on the internet is poorly organized," they say, "the creation of access protocols, catalogues and indexes could create new job opportunities for librarians" (see Work Futures B.C.). In either case it is clear that the traditional roles of librarians and information support staff continue to change at a rapid rate. --C.B.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lib Tech- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Library Technicians
- Canadian Job Futures, Lib Tech - Service Canada Job Futures National Edition for Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries (NOC 521)
- Work Futures B.C., Lib Tech - Work Futures B.C. (British Columbia, Canada) Occupational Outlooks for for Technical Occupations in Libraries...(NOC 521)