The Portable MLIS

Insights from the Experts, 2nd Edition

by Ken Haycock and Mary-Jo Romaniuk, Editors


The past decade has seen huge changes in the services librarians provide, both in the delivery of those services and in the skills required. Fortunately, everything you need to know is now captured in one book.

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December 2017

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 378
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/General
  Management and Administration/General
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In this update of the ideal introduction to the library profession, the core competencies of professional librarians are presented in 14 essays supplemented with foundational principles and context.

The original edition of this book gained popularity as a required work for LIS because it uniquely provided a broad, accessible overview of the core curricular areas and foundations for the library profession. What distinguishes the book as an introduction to the work of professional librarians is that it's not just about information in context or about libraries and their mission. Importantly, it also covers the required competencies of professional librarians, laying a firm foundation for future courses.

In this second edition, each chapter has been revised and updated to take into account current thinking and references. As with the first edition, the book is organized around the foundations of the profession and key functional areas. Questions such as how to think like a librarian and how to facilitate community development are specifically and explicitly addressed. In compiling the book, the editors sought out the leading thinkers, educators, and practitioners in each core area as chapter authors. Each of the contributors provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with their respective area of expertise, discusses current and emerging applications, and explores trends and issues.


  • Updates a core textbook and introduction to the profession that will be useful for almost all LIS programs and new librarians
  • Brings together the work of authors who are experts in various core areas
  • Provides content based on an analysis of emerging trends and issues
  • Includes key resources for further reading
Author Info

Ken Haycock, EdD, is research professor of management and organization at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Center for Library Leadership and Management. A prolific writer and speaker, Haycock is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from, among others, the Association for Library and Information Science Education and the Canadian and American Library Associations. He is professor emeritus and former director at the University of British Columbia and San Jose State University.

Mary-Jo Romaniuk, PhD, is university librarian at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Romaniuk has been a lecturer at the University of Alberta, University of Southern California, and San Jose State University. She has published articles on leadership, management, and generational differences. She is a fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute and is involved with the organization of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute. Romaniuk holds certificates in advanced facilitation and public participation.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Preface Mary-Jo Romaniuk 1. What is a Library? What is a Librarian: An Introduction Ken Haycock PART I: FOUNDATIONS, VALUES, AND CONTEXT 2. A Portable Library History Anthony Bernier 3. Professional Ethics and Values in a Changing World Michael Gorman 4. Librarians as Active Bystanders: Centering Social Justice in LIS Practice Nicole A. Cooke 5. Information Seeking Donald O. Case 6. Careers for the Information Professional Laura Townsend Kane 7. Where Can You Work with an MLIS? Extending Your Career Reach Jean Bedord PART II: FUNCTIONS AND COMPETENCIES 8. A Conversation on Leadership: Taking Another Look Mary-Jo Romaniuk and Brooke E. Sheldon 9. The New Manager: What You Need to Know to Achieve Managerial Success in Today's Libraries Barbara B. Moran 10. Libraries and Marketing: So Essential But So Misunderstood Mary-Jo Romaniuk 11. Developing and Managing Library Collections Melissa A. Wong 12. Organization and Representation of Information Arlene G. Taylor and Daniel N. Joudrey 13. Information Retrieval: Designing, Querying, and Evaluating Information Systems Judith Weedman 14. Library Information Technology Win Shih and Deborah Holmes-Wong 15. Reference Service: The Personal Side of Librarianship David A. Tyckoson 16. Reference Librarians, Online Databases, and an Assist from Google Christopher C. Brown 17. Readers Advisory Services: Helping Readers Find a "Good Book" Mary K. Chelton 18. Research Ron Powell 19. Evaluation: An Introduction to a Crucial Skill Joseph R. Matthews PART III: MOVING BEYOND BOUNDARIES 20. LIS Professionals in a Global Society Barbara J. Ford 21. Issues and Trends Ken Haycock PART IV: APPENDICES A. Core Values of Librarianship. B. Code of Ethics. C. Library Bill of Rights. D. Freedom to Read Statement. E. Students' Bill of Information Rights. F. Libraries: An American Value. G. National Information Services. H. Retention of Library Usage Records. I. School Library Position Statements. J. Competencies for Information Professionals. K. Competencies for Teacher-librarians. L. Professional Associations. About the Editors and Contributors Index



"The Portable MLIS lives up to its title in that it provides thoughtful insights about the full spectrum of issues confronting libraries and librarians today. The Portable MLIS is highly recommended for library school students and librarians at any point in their careers."Public Library Quarterly

"This is a comprehensive overview of the library profession based upon core competencies. . . . Overall, this is an excellent introduction to the profession. It is recommended for those new to the profession, considering entering the profession, and current professionals looking for a reference or refresher. Recommended."School Library Connection

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