May 29, 2011

Review - What They Don't Teach You in Library School by Elisabeth Doucett

As a recent library school graduate, I was drawn to this book by the title. My school provided its students with a nice balance between theory and practice, and I felt well-prepared as I began my first professional position. However, there is always more to learn, so I decided to read this book and see if I could gain any pearls of wisdom. 

The book is organized into 3 parts: Helpful to Know Before You Get Your First Job as a Librarian, Helpful to Know When You are New on the Job, and Helpful to Know as you Gain Some Experience. Part 2 was the most relevant to my situation, but I found helpful information throughout the entire book. Each part contains several chapters on specific subject. The chapters are short, but they are full of practical advice and lists of other resources available for further study. I recommend What They Don't Teach You in Library School to current library students, especially those approaching graduation.


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