LIS Career Sourcebook: Managing and Maximizing Every Step of Your Career

LIS Career Sourcebook: Managing and Maximizing Every Step of Your Career

LIS Career Sourcebook: Managing and Maximizing Every Step of Your Career

LIS Career Sourcebook: Managing and Maximizing Every Step of Your Career

Synopsis

A must-have guide of professional development resources for library staff at every phase of their career- from those just entering the field, to paraprofessionals building a career trajectory, to seasoned librarians looking to explore additional career options.

• A career lifecycle approach to building a career in the library and information sciences field

• Practical guidance and resources for every stage of a career

• Resource annotations detail the importance of a particular source

• A comprehensive list of resources for further reading

Excerpt

The rumors of my death have been
greatly exaggerated.

—Mark Twain

Trying to chart a career path in today’s library and information science (LIS) universe is, to say the least, challenging; trying to figure out what things are going to look like 10 or 20 years down the road, pretty near impossible. But to quote Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, “We’re stubborn on vision and flexible on the details.” When it comes to your LIS career, it’s going to pay to be committed to your goals, but flexible on how (and when) you get there.

Here’s what we know: the nature, mission, and services of traditional libraries are being fundamentally restructured in response to changing user needs, technology advances, demographic changes, and budget impacts, to name but a few of the trends driving change among traditional libraries. Similarly, the nature of special librarianship is in flux, with some types of special library work contracting while others are increasing in demand. In addition, the range of information necessary to create, manage, and distribute content for companies with an online presence is growing exponentially. Bottom line: LIS jobs will most definitely be available, they just may look a bit different than you were expecting.

Nevertheless, it’s likely that your career will probably follow some pretty predictable growth points. You’ll need to decide what kind of professional education choices best support your career goals (at least for the time being). You’ll face the challenge of job hunting. You’ll go through that adventure known as being the new person on the job and trying to figure out how to contribute (and how to get the copier to work).

Once you’ve figured out the copier and become a valued team member, you’ll start thinking about growing your skill set. You’ll also be growing your professional community and establishing your professional reputation.

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