For immediate release | September 20, 2010

What they don’t teach you in library school

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “What They Don't Teach You in Library School,” by Elisabeth Doucett. MLS programs do a good job of teaching the basic skills of being a librarian – how to catalog books, how to clarify a reference request, how to run a story hour. But as any working librarian can attest, that’s not the half of it. For MLS graduates just entering the job market, as well as individuals interested in switching gears through promotion or advancement, Doucett offers the inside scoop on what else a librarian really needs to know. Gleaned from her experience as a long-time library administrator, her book:

  • Covers a variety of library topics that are truly relevant to the day-to-day job, such as management, administration and marketing;
  • Shows how librarians can use practical business and organizational skills to do a better job and further their careers;
  • Presents information in a grab-and-go format that’s ready to apply in the real world.
Doucett is director of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. She holds an MLS from Simmons College, where she was elected to the Beta Phi Mu Honor Society, and an MBA in marketing from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is also the author of Creating Your Library Brand.
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Rob Christopher