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For Further Exploration


  • Liza Burby, A Day in the Life of a Librarian. New York: PowerKids, 2001. Follows a public librarian through a typical workday.
  • Laura Leone, Choosing a Career in Information Science. New York: Rosen, 2002. Includes a chapter on the history of libraries, as well as profiles of various library jobs such as cataloger and archivist.
  • Catherine de la Peña McCook and Margaret Myers, Opportunities in Library and Information Science Careers. Chicago: VGM Career Books, 2002. Comprehensive look at the various kinds of libraries and library work.

Internet Sources

  • Linda W. Braun, “New Roles: A Librarian by Any Name,” Library Journal, February 1, 2002. http://libraryjournal.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=articlePrint&articleID=CA191647& publication=libraryjournal.
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Jobs for Kids Who Like Reading.” www.bls.gov/k12/html/edu_read.htm.
  • Linda K. Wallace, “Places an MLS Can Take You,” American Libraries, March 2002.www.ala.org/ Content/NavigationMenu/Our_Association/Offices/Human_Resource_Development_and_Recruitment/Careers_in_Libraries1/al_mls.pdf.

Web Sites

  • American Library Association (www.ala.org). This organization for librarians has information about libraries, library careers, and current library-related issues.
  • Become a Librarian (www.becomealibrarian.org). This Web site, compiled by the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, includes information about library jobs and profiles of many different librarians.
  • Library of Congress (www.loc.gov). This Web site for the largest library in the world includes online galleries, profiles of famous Americans, and “Ask a Librarian,” an online reference service.

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