LIS Career Sourcebook: Managing and Maximizing Every Step of Your Career [NOOK Book]

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Thousands of students graduate with a Master of Library and Information Science degree every year. Unfortunately, budget cuts at libraries diminish available job opportunities and prompt administrators to hire less qualified—and less expensive—professionals. However, armed with the right information, library science professionals can successfully build and sustain a resilient library and information science (LIS) career inside—or outside—the traditional library setting.

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

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Overview

Thousands of students graduate with a Master of Library and Information Science degree every year. Unfortunately, budget cuts at libraries diminish available job opportunities and prompt administrators to hire less qualified—and less expensive—professionals. However, armed with the right information, library science professionals can successfully build and sustain a resilient library and information science (LIS) career inside—or outside—the traditional library setting.

LIS Career Sourcebook: Managing and Maximizing Every Step of Your Career provides a chapter-by-chapter overview of key career stages and strategies, and identifies for each the best information resources to help readers develop a successful LIS career. The author lays out the typical stages that workers are likely to encounter as they move through their professional life, highlighting important issues associated with each stage and providing insights and resources for making smart career choices along the way. Covering the entire career lifespan from entry level to retirement, the resources cited will help readers make informed choices about career options, professional development, and personal career satisfaction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598849325
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/3/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 246
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

G. Kim Dority is the founder and president of Dority & Associates, an information consulting and content development company. Additionally, Dority teaches a course in alternative library and information science career paths at the University of Denver, CO. She is the author of Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals and a blog entitled Infonista.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 The LIS Career Universe 1

Framing Your Career Options 2

Who Needs What Information? 7

Exploring Your Career Options 11

Resources 12

2 LIS Education Options 27

Do You Need an MLIS? 27

Finding an MLIS Program 29

Evaluating MLIS Programs 30

What about Online Programs and iSchools? 32

What Courses to Take 33

Financial Aid Sources 34

Does Getting an MLIS Make Sense? 35

Resources 37

3 LIS Job Hunting 45

Decide on Potential Job Opportunities/Career Paths 46

Research the Relevant Job Market(s) 47

Understand Your Value Proposition 48

Polish Your Job-Hunting Tools (E-Portfolios, Resumes, and Cover Letters) 49

Build Your Professional Brand Online before Applying for Jobs 50

Launch Your Job Search 52

Interviewing and Negotiating 54

Should New Grads Take Non-LIS Jobs? 56

Temping as an Interim Job Solution 57

Resources 58

4 Start Your Career off Right 75

Communicating Effectively 76

Becoming an Effective Team Player 77

Responding Positively to Change 79

Getting Things Done 80

Staying Professionally Current 81

Importance of Self-Leadership to Your Career 82

Resources 84

5 Learning 99

What Will You Need to Learn? 100

How and Where Will You Learn? 102

Finding Your Learning Path 106

Resources 107

6 Building Your Professional Network 117

What Is a Professional Network? 118

Building and Sustaining Your Professional Community 118

Introverted? You Can Still Build a Network 121

Still a Student? Start Building Your Network in Grad School 121

Networking Strategy 123

Benefits of a Professional Network 123

Resources 125

7 Establishing Your Professional Brand 131

Key Characteristics of a Professional Brand 132

Career Branding, Social Media, and Introverts 134

Building Your Brand in Grad School 135

Why Your Professional Brand Is Really Important to Your Career 137

Resources 138

8 Managing 143

What Is Management? 143

Management Insights 144

Key Management Challenges 147

Resources 151

9 Leading 165

Definition of Leadership 166

Becoming a Leader-The Outside Perspective 166

Becoming a Leader-The LIS Perspective 169

Gender/Gen-Y Frames and Leadership 170

Resources 172

10 Going the Independent Route 183

Types of Independent Work 183

Is Being an Independent for You? 185

Ways to Approach Independent Work 185

Questions to Consider before You Leap 186

Creating Additional Revenue Streams 191

From Solo to Small Business (and Everything in Between) 191

Resources 192

11 Transition Points: Finding Opportunity in Change 201

Taking a Career Time-out 202

Relocating Your Career 203

Moving into a New LIS Career Opportunity or Industry 204

When Your Career Change Is a Layoff 207

Retiring-Or Not 208

Exploring New Directions 211

Resources 213

Appendix: ALA, CLA, and SLA Groups 223

Index 231

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