I’m not the only one in my family with this trait. If you tell me I have to do something, I will generally hate it. So it was with some hesitation and mostly a sense of preemptive duty that I launched into one of the recommended texts for my upcoming LIBR200 class. Get the pain out of the way early, right?

Having run a high school library, part-time for the last two years, I’ve had a lot of questions, and The Portable MLIS (Haycock & Sheldon, 2008) has been answering many of them.  As an introduction to the MLIS program that I am embarking on at San Jose State University, the book is giving me a strong overview of what the field is about and is giving me a background for which to jump in to more in-depth study.

The book is a collection of essays on a variety of topics from history and ethics to information retrieval and systems design.  The writing is a little uneven at times, but is always informative and thought provoking.  Many of the authors write in a conversational manner and have great senses of humour, making even the driest of topics a pleasure to read.  I often find myself popping to the author bios at the end of the book to determine if I can take a course with them in the coming years or not.

I’m not done the book yet, and haven’t started my first full course (although orientation is complete,) but a would highly recommend this book to any of my colleagues who are jumping in with me.

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