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The Librarian's Career Guidebook - Priscilla K. Shontz

The Librarian's Career Guidebook

By: Priscilla K. Shontz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780810850347
Number Of Pages: 592

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Sage advice and career guidance is offered by sixty-four information professionals from diverse positions and workplaces. This practical guide addresses a wide variety of career issues. The advice is aimed at librarians in various stages of a career: prospective librarians, M.L.S. students, and entry-level librarians, as well as experienced information professionals. Covers: - Career options - Education - The job search - On-the-job experience - Professional development - Essential skills and strategies for enjoying your career

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Priscilla Shontz's Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science (Scarecrow 2002) guided novice librarians through the intricacies of finding, getting, keeping, and enhancing jobs. Her new book does all that, and more....The pragmatic information in each article and the bibliographies make this an excellent guidebook for everyone in our profession, whether we are trying to assess where we are or figure out how to be in a better place.--Booklist, 5/15/2005

Why be a librarian?p. 3
The public in public librariesp. 9
Career options in academep. 18
Never a dull day in the school libraryp. 25
From makeup to missiles : special libraries mirror the diversity and complexity of today's business economyp. 35
A bird's-eye view : working for a library consortiump. 45
Association careersp. 51
Passing it on : a career as a full-time educatorp. 57
Looking at libraries from both sides : librarian-vendorsp. 63
Beckoned by Darth Vader : careers in publishingp. 75
You want me to put what where? : freelancing librarianship as job, hobby, and passionp. 83
Countless opportunities : alternative career paths for librarians and information professionalsp. 92
Choosing a library programp. 103
The MLS : what is it worth?p. 109
Now that I'm here, what do I take?p. 121
Replacing classrooms and carrels with keystrokes : distance education of library and information science professionalsp. 128
Library work experience : get some!p. 140
Get hired soon! : improving your postgraduation employabilityp. 147
Hunting and gathering : finding jobsp. 155
Avoiding the landmines : evaluating a potential workplacep. 162
Cover letters : tips for making a good first impressionp. 173
The resume : a short story about youp. 181
Interviews in libraries : planning, preparation, and perfectionp. 190
Negotiationp. 197
Standing out from the crowd : maximizing your hirabilityp. 203
Leaving a job : it really is a small worldp. 214
Make your own opportunities : staying professionally active while unemployedp. 222
When you come to a fork in the road ... take itp. 229
Does this job make me look fat? : or, making your first year on the job a more comfortable fitp. 237
I got the job, now what do I do? : or, acclimating to the environment and defining expectations in a new workplacep. 247
It just doesn't matter : what you didn't learn in library schoolp. 252
How to look like you know what you are doing : developing a professional imagep. 263
Performance reviews : terror, tedium or inspiration?p. 271
Tenure-track or tenure trap?p. 281
Preparing for promotion : how to succeed without developing an ulcer in the processp. 293
Library managementp. 307
Staying relevant : it's all part of learningp. 312
From acorn to oak : transforming a novice into an expertp. 325
Flamed! : the burned-out librarianp. 332
Batteries included : ten tips to supercharge your library careerp. 340
Through the mouth, the fish dies : the importance of good interpersonal communication skillsp. 351
Talk, listen, repeat : some thoughts on communication skillsp. 357
Computer and technology skills for the twenty-first-century librarianp. 365
How to pass the 4:55 Friday afternoon test : the importance of being organizedp. 375
It's about time : time management skillsp. 385
Public speaking skillsp. 395
Librarian as educator, or Dewey, Dewey, and youp. 406
Effective writing for the career librarianp. 416
The core of leadership : skills for emerging leadersp. 423
The art and science of professional behaviorp. 431
Click to connect! : successful online communicationp. 438
Conference attendancep. 447
Association work : what's in it for me?p. 456
Mentoring : a primerp. 463
Keeping our heads above water : staying current with professional issuesp. 473
Publish the thought : writing for the professional literaturep. 481
Marketing yourself : planning to achieve your professional goalsp. 488
Decompressing the overstressed librarianp. 499
Adapting to changep. 507
Positive attitudep. 514
Balancep. 521
The juggling act : balancing family and your library careerp. 530
Conclusion : librarianship for the love of itp. 540
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ISBN: 9780810850347
ISBN-10: 0810850346
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 1st January 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.14  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.75