Breaking into the Information Industry: This Book Offers Some Advice to Help New Librarians Start Their Careers. (Book Review)

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Breaking into the Information Industry: This Book Offers Some Advice to Help New Librarians Start Their Careers. (Book Review)


Gregory, Gwen M., Information Today


The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online

by Sarah L. Nesbeitt and Rachel Singer Gordon

Medford, NJ:

Information Today, Inc., 2002

ISBN: 1-57387-124-9

401 pages

$29.50

For the new librarian, looking for a job and getting started in a rewarding career can be daunting tasks. How do you find the rightjob? How do you get involved in professional development activities? How can you further your education? With the explosive growth of the Internet in recent years, all of this information is now easily available online. Of course, locating it among the billions of Web pages out there is the hard part. If you need help with this, The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online is a great place to start.

Sarah L. Nesbeitt and Rachel Singer Gordon each manage a Web site that's devoted to library employment. This experience has enabled them to learn much about the Web and its career uses for librarians. Nesbeitt is currently reference/systems librarian at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and has managed "Library Job Postings on the Internet" (http:/!www.libraryjobpostings.org) since 1995. Gordon was head of computer services at the Franklin Park Public Library in Illinois until 2001, when she left to write and edit and manage the Lisjobs.com Web site full time. Nesbeitt and Gordon met online, and they conducted research and wrote an article together before ever meeting in person. They cite this as an example of the new interactions that are possible by using the Internet.

The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online is intended to help us utilize the new resources that are available through the Web. The authors point out that "many librarians are accustomed to promoting Internet usage among their patons and honing their own online research skill, yet they may not be aware of the wideranging opportunities the Internet offers for their own career development.... They may not realize the strong positive effect that making themselves known to the Internet audience can have on their career advancement." The help offered here ranges from basic (how to get access to e-mail) to the more advanced (various electronic formats for your resume and how to use them) and is divided into five distinct parts.

Part 1, titled "Learning and Growing Online," covers many of the essentials of the online world for professional librarians. (First of all, you need to have access to the Internet and e-mail!) The book then highlights electronic discussion lists and other ways to meet colleagues online. Finally, the authors explain how the Internet has changed current awareness and discuss some of the tools that are available, such as table of contents services, electronic newsletters, Web site update notification services, and personalized agents.

The book moves quickly to other areas of interest. Part 2, "Professional Involvement," focuses on ways to participate in library-related professional activities. …

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