Librarians organize and provide access to information, whether print materials, such as books, magazines and journals, or CDs, DVDs, music scores, maps, electronic books, electronic journals or databases. Today, opportunities for librarians are more varied than ever. While there?s still plenty of work in the traditional settings of public, academic, corporate and government libraries, some librarians these days work as consultants or in information services companies, and other non-library jobs are growing in number.
Librarians are also increasingly combining traditional duties with work involving technology. And the industry?s embrace of technology ensures that users will continue to enjoy better access to better-organized information. Who will be behind these innovations? Librarians, of course.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Deborah Sommer received her MSLS from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has worked as a librarian at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, the University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri as the Regional Librarian for the National Network of Medical Libraries. Sommer established the first nationwide Small Business Information Service funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Sommer has been an administrative librarian with the U.S. Forest Service, and director of the Walker Management Library at Vanderbilt University. She has also freelanced as a virtual reference librarian with OCLC. She is currently the Director of the Metropolis Public Library in Metropolis, Illinois.
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