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Making the most of your library career



Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014
Physical Description:
viii, 110 pages ; 23 cm
First impressions / Melinda Livas -- The view from the top / Theodosia Shields and Annie Payton -- The accidental librarian / Tamara Acevedo -- We've always done it this way / Katherine Farmer -- Professional associations and you / Lynda Kellam -- Life cycle of a librarian's year / Jenny Dale -- Assessing the job / Greta Wood -- Developing a plan B / Beth Martin -- How not to be one of the penguins / Phil Blank -- What if the job doesn't work out? / Kelly Evans


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020.23 Makin 4-Week Loan

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An MLIS can provide the skill set needed to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, career librarians from every corner of the profession offer a personal, down-to-earth view of "what it's really like out there." Filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career, this book addresses important topics like How to work and adapt at a new organization What management expects and how to view everyday activities from that point of view How to make suggestions for change Advice on navigating the cyclical nature of a librarian's work year The rewards and challenges of professional organizations Why a library degree is valuable outside a traditional library setting

Table of Contents

Lois Stickell and Bridgette SandersMelinda LivasTheodosia Shields and Annie PaytonTamara AcevedoKatherine FarmerLynda KellamJenny DaleGreta WoodBeth MartinPhil BlankKelly EvansLois Stickell and Bridgette Sanders
Prefacep. vii
1 First Impressionsp. 1
2 The View from the Topp. 11
3 The Accidental Librarianp. 21
4 We've Always Done it this Wayp. 31
5 Professional Associations and Youp. 41
6 Life Cycle of a Librarian's Yearp. 51
7 Assessing the Jobp. 61
8 Developing a Plan Bp. 71
9 How Not to be One of the Penguinsp. 81
10 What If the Job Doesn't Work Out?p. 91
Afterwordp. 101
Contributorsp. 103
Indexp. 107