Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science [NOOK Book]

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Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science is designed to help new librarians begin to manage a successful and satisfying career in the library and information science profession. Although the first years are often overwhelming, they can be the key to creating a successful career as a librarian or information professional. Unless one is fortunate enough to have good mentors or strong support groups, a new librarian may drift into an unsatisfying career. This book emphasizes the value of defining ...
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Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science

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Overview

Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science is designed to help new librarians begin to manage a successful and satisfying career in the library and information science profession. Although the first years are often overwhelming, they can be the key to creating a successful career as a librarian or information professional. Unless one is fortunate enough to have good mentors or strong support groups, a new librarian may drift into an unsatisfying career. This book emphasizes the value of defining one's own idea of success and of positioning one's self to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that arise. Although the book is aimed at students and new information professionals, much of the advice may apply to a librarian at any stage of his or her career.

This book contains advice and anecdotes gathered from research and interviews with more than 70 information professionals in a variety of library-related careers. The book is written in a practical, easy-to-read style. The modular format allows a reader to read any chapter on its own or to read the chapters in any order, choosing which ones are most relevant at any point. The book covers eight broad topics: career planning, job searching, gaining experience and education, developing interpersonal skills and leadership skills, networking, mentoring, and writing for publication. Lengthy lists of related readings, as well as related web sites, are included to allow the reader to follow up on any topic.
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For new librarians, Shontz's how-to guide stresses the value of defining one's own idea of success and positioning one's self to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. The guide covers career planning, job searching, experience and education, interpersonal skills, networking, leadership skills, mentoring, and writing for publication. It can be used by readers interested in public, academic, or special libraries. Shontz, a longtime librarian, is now a freelance writer and Web designer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461660156
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Priscilla K. Shontz currently works as Library Supervisor at the University of Houston at Cinco Ranch. She is a Past President of the American Library Association New Members Round Table and is editor of the Serials Review column "Bits and Bytes".
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Tables
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 Acknowledgments
Chapter 4 Introduction
Chapter 5 1 Career Planning
Chapter 6 2 Job Searching
Chapter 7 3 Experience and Education
Chapter 8 4 Networking
Chapter 9 5 Interpersonal Skills
Chapter 10 6 Mentoring
Chapter 11 7 Leadership Skills
Chapter 12 8 Writing and Publishing
Chapter 13 9 Conclusion
Chapter 14 Appendix: Book Proposal
Chapter 15 Companion Website
Chapter 16 About the Author
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