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The editors of liscareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, every one of whom describes a customary workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid model. within the technique, they give these attracted to discovering an analogous task publicity to necessary abilities and recommendation throughout a wide selection of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, college, and certain libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are covered.Many humans, not only these new to the sector of Library and data technological know-how, are desirous about their occupation suggestions. The editors of LIScareer.com have assembled ninety five authors, every one of whom describes a standard workday or paintings regimen, sharing joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid type. within the strategy, they give these drawn to discovering an analogous activity publicity to invaluable talents and recommendation throughout a large choice of conventional and nontraditional jobs. as well as public, educational, university, and precise libraries, consortia, institutions, LIS courses, proprietors, publishing, consulting, and different non-library fields also are coated. this can be a excellent advisor for library and data technology scholars, potential details execs, new librarians-or an individual contemplating a occupation switch.

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If time permits, I also create training materials for the public on our e-resources and e-services. 26 A Day in the Life Virtual Reference In my years at the library, I have initiated three separate virtual reference services for our patrons: e-mail, Web-based chat, and instant messaging. E-mail Reference Users can ask questions of the library using an online form. I supervise the work of the four reference librarians who, as part of their many responsibilities, answer reference questions through this e-mail project.

Occasionally I give presentations to community and library support groups about the library’s e-resources and e-services. I serve as the library’s digital copyright expert, ensuring (to the best of our ability) that the library and its users comply with copyright and intellectual property laws. I compile a monthly list of important library news stories and useful resources for our librarians. Also, even though we have a separate technical support department, I act as an ad hoc technical support person, supporting staff use of computer hardware and software, Web applications, and other technologies.

In brief, my role as client services librarian at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library in Adelaide, Australia, is to develop and implement an enriching and customer-focused library service for the community. YES, BUT WHAT DOES THAT INVOLVE EXACTLY? Before I lose you to another role and another chapter, let me say that my job is very rewarding as it is central to the customer experience. I ensure that all functions that affect day-to-day running of the library service occur and that the written policies and procedures are there to guide and support staff when providing customer service.

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