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July 5, 2006

New and Notworthy in the Information Science Collection

Deborah Bernnard would like Information Studies students and faculty to be aware of two useful new books that have content about careers in Information Studies:

Dowell, D. R. & McCabe, G. B. (2006) It’s all about student learning: Managing community and other college libraries in the 21st century. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Dewey Z 675 J8 I87 2006

This book’s focus is on Community College and Small College libraries. The authors differentiate these institutions from other academic libraries by their collection policies. These libraries are more likely to collect materials that support student learning rather than faculty research. The book contains a series of essay chapters written by working librarians in which they explain how to: organize a Community College library, motivate Community College students, market the library to students and faculty, manage library budgets and more.

It’s all about student learning: Managing community and other college libraries in the 21st century is full of practical advice that will be of benefit to librarians who are just starting their careers as well as more experienced librarians. For example, Patricia Vierthaler, Technical Services Librarian at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina, provides a detailed primer on long range planning and David R. Dowell, Director of the Library/Learning Resources at Cuesta College, in California, provides a useful chapter on budgeting. The book also includes several short one to two page appendices which contain advice on selected topics.

Skrzeszewski, S. (2006). The knowledge entrepreneur. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press.
Dewey Z 682.35 V62 S57 2006

The Knowledge Entrepreneur is written for graduates of Information Studies programs who don’t want to work in libraries. Instead of becoming a librarian think about becoming a knowledge entrepreneur. Skrzeszewski defines a knowledge entrepreneur as “someone who is skilled at creating and using intellectual assets for the development of new ventures or services that will lead to personal and community wealth creation or to improved and enhanced services��?(Skrzeszewski, 3). Skills, characteristics and traits that make a good entrepreneur are described and case studies of entrepreneurs in action are interspersed throughout the book.

Skrzeszewski himself is a trained librarian who has left a 22 year career in libraries to become a consultant. He has written an engaging how-to book that forecasts some of the career niches for future MSIS and MLS graduates.

Both of these books may be checked out of the Dewey Library. Stop by the Reference Desk if you have trouble locating them.