Sep 01 2005

Review: Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science

Published by rachel at 12:12 pm under book reviews, careers

Carvell, Linda P. Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science. New York: Ferguson, 2005. ISBN 0816052441. $49.50.

Carvell’s text is the latest in the “Career Opportunities in…” series, each authored by professionals in the field. The format is precise and easy to navigate. Beginning with six major job categories in the field, the author subdivides each category into job titles. Each featured job title begins with an easy-to-scan career profile, followed by excellent in-depth descriptions of job duties, salary ranges, employment and advancement prospects, prerequisites, unions and associations, and tips for entry. To this reviewer, some salary ranges were a bit on the optimistic side, and, unfortunately, the only archivist positions examined were for academic or government institutions. The book concludes, however, with a thorough index and bibliography for further reading. Helpful appendixes include contact information for library associations, accredited institutions offering degrees and certificate programs, and the U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best library science programs. Overall, Carvell has done a good job for those seeking more information about opportunities in the library and information field.

Michelle Sampson is the Director of the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford, NH.

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