Library Science Career Development Books

Books by LIScareer Editors:

Shontz, Priscilla K. and Richard A. Murray.  What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science
Students.  Libraries Unlimited, May 2012. ISBN 1598848283

    While library schools provide graduates with a solid understanding of library science
    concepts, many diploma holders have no clear plan for finding a desirable job with
    their knowledge. The information in What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library
    Science Students will be extremely valuable for students currently in Masters of
    Library Science program as well as recent recipients of MLS degrees, regardless of
    what kind of work environment they wish to work in.

    The book guides readers through the process of planning a job search step-by-
    step. Divided into two major sections—the student experience and the job search—
    the authors provide critical advice derived from their combined 30 years of real-
    world, in-the-field experience. Specific topics include choosing classes, gaining
    practical experience while in school, establishing a professional image, gaining
    skills that make applicants more marketable, writing effective resumes and cover
    letters, interviewing, and negotiating a job offer.

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    • Presents practical, real-life advice on landing the first job after library school
    • Explains how the job search process works "on the inside"
    • Provides actionable strategies for students who are still in library school to improve
    their odds of getting their ideal job
    • Reveals what potential employers like to see when interviewing for a job vacancy—
    and what turns them off

Shontz, Priscilla K. and Richard A. Murray, editors. A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and
Information Science.  Libraries Unlimited, 2007. ISBN 1591583640.

    Many people, not just those new to the field of Library and Information Science, are
    curious about theircareer options. The editors of have assembled
    95 authors, each of whom describes a"typical" workday or work routine, sharing
    joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid fashion. Inthe process, they
    offer those interested in finding a similar job exposure to useful skills and advice
    acrossa wide variety of traditional and nontraditional jobs. In addition to public,
    academic, school, and speciallibraries, consortia, associations, LIS programs,
    vendors, publishing, consulting, and other non-libraryfields are also covered. This
    is a perfect guide for library and information science students, prospective
    information professionals, new librarians-or anyone considering a career change.


Shontz, Priscilla K., editor.
The Librarian's Career Guidebook. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Dec 2004.
ISBN 0810850346

    Are you trying to break into a career in library science or improve your current
    position? In The Librarian'sCareer Guidebook, 63 information professionals from
    diverse positions, workplaces, and regions discussa variety of career issues and
    offer advice to prospective librarians, MLS students, and librarians in variousstages
    of their careers, from entry-level to the highly experienced. Packed with more than 60
    chapters, TheLibrarian's Career Guidebook covers such topics as career options,
    education, the job search, on-the-jobexperience, professional development,
    essential skills and strategies for enjoying your career.


Shontz, Priscilla K.
Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow
Press, 2002.  ISBN 0810840847

    Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science is designed to help new
    librarians begin tomanage a successful and satisfying career in the library and
    education science profession. Although thefirst years are often overwhelming, they
    can be the key to creating a successful career as a librarian orinformation
    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 ownidea 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 applyto a librarian at any stage of his or her career.

    This book contains advice and anecdotes gathered from research and interviews
    with more than 70information 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 inany order, choosing
    which ones are most relevant at any point. The book covers eight broad topics:
    careerplanning, job searching, gaining experience and education, developing
    interpersonal skills andleadership skills, networking, mentoring, and writing for
    publication. Lengthy lists of related readings, aswell as related web sites, are
    included to allow the reader to follow up on any topic.


More Library Science Career Books (listed in reverse publication date order):

  • De Stricker, Ulla and Jill Hurst-Wahl.  The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career
    Handbook.  Chandos Publishing, 2011.  ISBN 1843346087
  • Kane, Laura Townsend.  Working in the Virtual Stacks: the New Library and Information
    Science.  American Library Association, 2011.  ISBN 083891103X
  • Woodward, Jeannette.  A Librarian's Guide to an Uncertain Job Market.  American Library
    Association, 2011.  ISBN 0838911056
  • Neely, Teresa Y.  How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool.  American Library
    Association, 2011.  ISBN 0838910807
  • Doucett, Elizabeth.  What They Don't Teach You in Library School.  ALA Editions, 2010. ISBN
  • Lawson, Judy; Joanna Kroll; Kelly Kowatch.  The New Information Professional: Your Guide to
    Careers in the Digital Age.  Neal-Schuman, 2010.  ISBN 1555706983
  • Pressley, Lauren.  So You Want To Be a Librarian.  Library Juice Press, 2009.  ISBN 0980200482
  • Gordon, Rachel Singer.  What's the Alternative?: Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros.  
    Information Today, 2008.  ISBN 1573873330
  • Haycock, Ken.  The Portable MLIS.  Libraries Unlimited, 2008.  ISBN 1591585473
  • Tucker, Cory and Reeta Sinha. New Librarian, New Job: Practical Advice for Managing the
    Transition. Scarecrow Press, 2007. ISBN 0810858517.
  • Dority, G. Kim. Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other
    Information Professionals.  Libraries Unlimited, 2006.  ISBN 159158180X
  • Newlen, Robert. Resume Writing And Interviewing Techniques That Work!: A How-to-do-it
    Manual for Librarians. Neal-Schuman, 2006. ISBN 1555705383
  • Carvell, Lin. Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science. Checkmark Books, 2005.
    ISBN 081605245X
  • Pantry, Sheila and Peter Griffiths. Your Essential Guide to Career Success. Facet Publishing,
    2004. ISBN 1856044912
  • Raddin, Rosemary. Your Career, Your Life: Career Management for the Information
    Professional. Ashgate Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0754636348
  • Kane, Laura Townsend. Straight from the Stacks: A First-Hand Guide to Careers in Library and
    Information Science. ALA Editions, 2003.  ISBN 0838908659
  • Bridges, Karl. Expectations of Librarians in the 21st Century.  Greenwood Publishing, 2003. ISBN
  • Nesbeitt, Sarah L. and Rachel Singer Gordon.  The Information Professional's Guide to Career
    Development Online. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2002. ISBN 1573871249
  • Langley, Anne; Edward Gray; K.T.L. Vaughan. The Role of the Academic Librarian. Oxford:
    Chandos Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1843340577
  • Eberts, Marjorie and Margaret Gisler. Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types. McGraw-
    Hill/Contemporary Books; 3rd edition, 2002. ISBN 0071390316
  • Fourie, Denise K. and David R. Dowell. Libraries in the Information Age: An Introduction and
    Career Exploration. Libraries Unlimited, 2002.  ISBN 1563086344
  • McCook, Kathleen De La Pena, Margaret Myers, Blythe Camenson. Opportunities in Library &
    Information Science Careers. McGraw-Hill, 2001. ISBN 0658016415
  • Sellen, Betty-Carol. What Else You Can Do With a Library Degree : Career Options for the 90s
    and Beyond. Neal-Schuman, 1997. ISBN 1555702643
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