Systems Librarianship: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a complete introduction for anyone who is new to systems librarianship, and a useful reference for anyone who is interested in learning about libraries and technology. Similar to the book, The Accidental Systems Librarian, which was originally published in 2003 and updated in 2012, this book provides a more modern perspective on the field. It is based on a recent survey of systems librarians, the professional literature, and more than a dozen interviews…. One chapter's key point sums this book up in one line: "New systems librarians just starting out are never alone" (146). This book is a great resource for anyone who is new to systems librarianship, or any experienced librarians who are looking for a modern look into this constantly changing field.
Brighid Gonzales has written a guide for those interested in becoming or transitioning into systems librarianship. As part of the Practical Guides for Librarians series, Systems Librarianship: A Practical Guide is an engaging over-view of the complexities and variety of responsibilities a systems librarian may oversee. Sharing her personal experience of coming into a systems librarian position with no formal training in library school, she also shares the experiences of 200 system librarians who participated in a survey she conducted. Several in-depth interviews with some of the respondents end each chapter, further highlighting these experiences… At 168 pages, Gonzales offers an overview to an ever-expanding and changing area of librarianship. As more content moves online, the role of the systems librarian becomes even more essential. The references, in-depth interviews, and resources in this book give any new librarian or one moving into a systems role the help they need to be effective in their position.