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Skills to Make a Librarian by Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen

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More than just story time

how librarianship prepares you for parenting, and vice versa

Samantha Schmehl Hines

Abstract

A librarian’s chosen career path offers him or her many chances to develop, and practice proficiencies outside of the library. So too does parenting teach mothers and fathers transferable abilities. Time management, conflict management, online and open web research, critical-thinking, information evaluation, budgeting, and presentation skills are all developed, and used by successful library professionals and successful parents. This chapter will draw upon the author's experience as well as an informal survey distributed to library professionals via listservs and social media to learn on a qualitative level how parenting ...

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