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Be all you can be in library science!

Opportunities in Library and Information Science
Heim and Sullivan

This is the career I have wanted forever:  looking at a vase (must be off desk time), using a cool bar scanner  or maybe even use microfiche! I bet the kids are dying to get into library service after this exciting book.


27 Responses to Be all you can be in library science!

  • 1986? I guess that whole “Information Science” tag has been around longer than I thought.

    This book totally gets my blood pumping for my LIS Finals next week! Soon will be the day I can show vases off to groups of enthralled youth!

    • Oh…wow…I–and my Master’s of Library AND Information Science–don’t feel old at all now. Good luck on your finals, kid!

  • Is it problematic that I’m using the computer to the upper right as I type this?

    You’ll get my Commodore 64 from my cold, dead hand.

  • Ha!! I love it!!! Those images totally got me interested in library science. 😛

  • My junior high library had this series of books for the 8th grade career exploration unit of the library class. (Is it strange that we had a library class?)

    • It’s not strange at all, and I wish all schools had library classes. It’s what I do and I love it!

  • A computer like that can still be used today? Wow. Does it have major upgrades to allow it to work?

    I remember my Commodore 64 but I never got beyond playing games on it, and random typing that I could never save (no disk drive).

  • Why do we ALWAYS look so plain and boring?….

  • I liked using the microfiche! Are there any libraries left that still have a microfiche machines?

    • College libraries often have a huge set of old ‘fiche files for newspapers. Even when there’s a searchable index that’s way faster, it’s so beautiful to wheel back to the date of some historical event. Squeaky hand-drawn wheels whirling around, moving past all the front section ads from December 1941….

    • I know of several college / university libraries that do, not surprisingly, although you’ll often have to go to the dark, dank corners of the basement…

    • We still have a couple in the Orange County system because – wonder of wonders – some of the info they have is NOT on the internet!

    • We do! And I’m the only one who knows how it use it, I’m barely old enough to have used one to write my master’s thesis!

    • My library still uses microfiche for old newspapers, though I think even our reader is newer than the one in the picture.

    • Most of them should, I don’t think newspapers and other periodicals will have been digitized to the extent that they can get rid of them anytime soon. The costs associated would be insane.

    • Oh, definitely – we’ve got machine that read both microfilm and fiche (although I always seem to have problems figuring out how to arrange things so that they can be used for fiche), and our machines will also (in theory) automatically load microfilm at the push of a button once you’ve got the film threaded through the machine far enough. Our machines tend to be avoided like the plague by everyone but visiting researchers and people doing genealogy research, though.

    • I’m pretty much the only person that can use ours, besides the head of circulation. I’m only 27 and he can’t be more than 40!

    • Not only does my library have enormous amounts of microfiches, we continue to buy it! (Fairly big academic library full of obsessive grad students using the microfiche readers.)

  • Our library still works like that…

  • I found an instructional VHS in my library about creating banners on the Commodore 64. I’m going to convert it to DVD and give it to my husband for his birthday.

  • I couldn’t tell you what any of those machines do.

  • Judging from the move to self-service in my library, there won’t be too many openings for library staff these days. We now pick up our holds ourselves, plop our kids down in front of a large screen any day of the week for story-time and soon we will be able to check out books ourselves. I think the TV story-time is the saddest.

    • Are you serious or joking about the story-time on screen? If serious, what’s the point? Couldn’t the kids get something similar on PBS? Story-time for my kids led to a love for the librarian and then a love for the library.

  • The female librarian probably isn’t staring at a vase for kicks. I think she’s supposed to be cataloging realia. Thrilling, I know.

  • On the cover, the lady lecturing the kids with the vase; She has this expression on her face, like, “I am so flipping sick of this. Gawd, this is my life, four years at Williams College and these kids smell like ass and Vicks Vapo-Rub, somebody get me the heck out of here.”.