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Authors: Weston,Wil,

Title: The multitasking librarian

Publication Full: Louisiana Libraries

Year: 2004 Volume: 67 Issue: 2

Start Page: 3 Other Pages: 5

Descriptors: LIBRARIANS, LIBRARY administration, LIBRARY science, COMPUTERS, MULTITASKING (Computer science), COMPUTER programs,


The article discusses on the managerial concepts of multitasking librarianship. The concept brought forth from the modern age's perceived need for increased, robot-like efficiency is "multitasking," an assumption occasionally made by managers, sometimes out of necessity or shrinking budgets, that the few can be made to do the work of the many. Multitasking is answering the phone while reading emails or using multiple computer programs while writing a letter. Multitasking is trying to handle too many projects at once or, in the case of the reference librarian, having to work at an understaffed service point, trying to help several patrons at once, performing phone reference, answering email, performing virtual reference and searching multiple databases and indexes. The arrival of the Internet has both complicated and contributed to this increase in the worldwide reservoir of information. A computer really works on seemingly two things at once by switching back and forth between tasks really fast.


M3: Article; Weston, Wil 1; Affiliations: 1: Engineering Librarian and Bibliographer, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans, Lakefront. Source Info: Fall2004, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p3; Thesaurus Term: LIBRARIANS; Thesaurus Term: LIBRARY administration; Thesaurus Term: LIBRARY science; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTERS; Thesaurus Term: MULTITASKING (Computer science); Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER programs; Number of Pages: 3p. Document Type: Article

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Retrieved Date:January 1, 1970

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Publisher: Louisiana Library Association

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Issn Isbn: 15352102