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About the book

The Accidental Systems Librarian takes the approach that anyone with a solid foundation in the practices and principles of librarianship and a willingness to confront and learn about changing technology can serve effectively in a library systems position—with or without formal technology training. Author Nicole C. Engard’s practical advice on using research, communication, organizational, and bibliographic skills to solve various systems problems is geared to helping both “accidental” and “planned” systems librarians develop the skills they need to succeed and the confidence they need to excel. This second edition will prepare you for managing the latest library technologies including mobile devices, open source software, social networks, WiFi, ebooks, and much more. An essential book for any librarian who wants to deal more effectively with technology in her or his institution.

Praise for The Accidental Systems Librarian 2nd Edition

  • “The focus on open source software and the importance of networking for systems librarians are powerful additions to this new edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian … Very well done. … an instant classic that every systems librarian will want.”
    —Edward Iglesias, author, An Overview of the Changing Role of the Systems Librarian
  • “This new second edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian delivers a practical and perceptive guide to the ever growing career niche where technology blends into the work of library professionals. Nicole C. Engard gives a thorough accounting of the tasks involved with this kind of work sprinkled with helpful personal insights. As a one who accidentally fell into the profession myself, I recommend Nicole’s book anyone considering–or already involved–with this corner of the profession.”
    –Marshall Breeding, independent consultant, author, and creator of Library Technology Guides.
  • “A great resource for those of us in this role by accident or choice. If you need new ideas on how to manage and master new technologies, acquire new skill sets, and use life lessons to solve problems and achieve career goals, this is the book for you.”
    —Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis, archives & digital librarian, NSU Archives, Nova Southeastern University (Florida)
  • “Nicole C. Engard has written a well-rounded introduction to the trials, tribulations, treasures, and treats of systems librarianship. With this guide in hand, accidental (and new) systems librarians will be prepared to handle almost anything the job throws at them.”
    —Ruth Kneale, intentional systems librarian and author, You Don’t Look Like a Librarian