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A Handbook for Media Librarians (Hardback)
  • A Handbook for Media Librarians (Hardback)

A Handbook for Media Librarians (Hardback)

Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 15/03/2008
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Media librarians - information workers employed by media organizations such as broadcasters and publishers of newspapers, magazines and websites - often seem to have a low profile both in the information profession and among their employers. Academic, legal and public librarians are often intrigued to discover that some of their peers work for the same people who provide their television programmes and daily newspaper.
Yet media companies, producing vast quantities of content in an increasing variety of formats, need people not only to help them fill up column inches, pages or hours, but also to organize this content afterwards so that it can be found again. Although unlikely to be called 'librarian' - 'researcher', 'media manager' or 'information manager' are more likely titles - information professionals carry out this task for media organizations throughout the world.
This practical handbook, the only one of its kind, explores the issues of central importance facing media librarians, archivists, cataloguers and researchers in their working lives. With chapters contributed by frontline practitioners who have experienced the problems for themselves, it covers: media libraries in the 21st centurymanaging intranetspicture libraries and librarianshipcataloguing television programmesmanaging online subscriptionslegal issues for news databases and archivesregional libraries: a survivor's guideswimming upstream in a media library. Media librarians often have little time for professional development activities. Questions like 'What resource should I buy?', 'Shall I let this user borrow this item?, 'Is it ethical for me to answer that question?' and 'How can I describe this footage?' set policy and precedent every day. This book condenses and synthesizes this invaluable knowledge to equip media librarians to face the challenges of today's information world.
Readership: It will also be essential reading for students of librarianship and information studies, and on other media-related courses.

Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 9781856046305
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

"Any researcher or information professional who has contact with media industries or who wants to work in a media organisation should read it." -- The Electronic Library
"...the latest 'must-have' for any self respecting media librarian's bookshelf." -- Deadline
"I found this book interesting and easy to read. I would recommend it to students who are considering a career in this field...a good addition to the literature." -- HEA-ICS

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