Magazine article Information Management

Planning Your Information Career

Magazine article Information Management

Planning Your Information Career

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Planning Your Information Career

The New Information Professional: Your Guide to Careers in the Digital Age

Authors: Judy Lawson, Joanna Kroll, and Kelly Kowatch

Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc.

Publication Date: 2010

Length: 200 pages

Price: $49.95

ISBN 13: 97&-1555706982

Source: www.arma.org/bookstore

The New Information Professional, Your Guide to Careers in the Digital Age by Judy Lawson, Joanna Kroll, and Kelly Kowatch introduces some of the most cuttingedge career and educational opportunities available. It is a source to help manage an information management career through emerging issues and technologies and is intended primarily for individuals seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at top-tier institutions in the United States.

However, in this global economy and a world without borders, it, no doubt, will be of interest to a much wider authence. On a broader level, it is offered as a service to both the information field and the career development field.

Preparing for the Future Edge

The authors designed the book more as a career exploration book than a job search manual. As records professionals attempt to push their information knowledge and employment opportunities to the future edge, this is the type of information they will need to know.

After reviewing the authors' education and current work experience, readers would expect a plethora of information about the University of Michigan (UM) and examples about UM graduates. However, of the 24 iSchools listed, five are located in countries outside of the United States.

While there is some mention about international careers, a few more international examples and related information would have greatly enhanced the usability of the book. The authors point out that "the vast amount of information in the world continues to grow exponentially." Therefore, it is obvious that this requires a world solution.

Exploring Information Careers

The list of eight related career fields in the information profession is excellent. A currently employed records professional can identify with his or her current position and see how it relates to the others on the list. While the majority of careers recommend undergraduate and graduate degrees for fast and upward mobility, the book offers an example of a person who had the skills, desire, and ability to start a self-employment situation in the information field without any formalized education. The authors also stress the need for work experience, which most working readers will have.

The structure of the work is very helpful to the reader. The identification of soft and hard skills needed provides insight into the fact that not everything in the information profession relies on IT education and skill. In many cases, these are not even the most important things.

The career map for each career field gives a quick and complete view of what that career is all about, what it takes to work in the career, and what type of positions an individual might expect to hold. …

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