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Career Transitions for Librarians

Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library

Edited by Davis Erin Anderson and Raymond Pun

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Career Transitions for Librarians: How to Get a Job in Another Type of Library explores the multifaceted roles of the librarian profession from personal narratives of professional librarians who have successfully worked and transitioned from one type of library to another.
  • What kinds of skill sets and experiences were they able to transfer or draw on from their previous work experiences?
  • How can you make these successful transitions as well?

  • From interview tips to developing relevant and transferable skill sets, this unique guide offers testimonials with a targeted advice and job strategies for readers interested in making these successful transitions during a time when there is a huge difficulty in securing a library job.
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    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
    Pages: 270Size: 6 x 9
    978-1-4422-6557-8 • Hardback • May 2016 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
    978-1-4422-6372-7 • Paperback • May 2016 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
    978-1-4422-6373-4 • eBook • May 2016 • $24.99 • (£15.95)
    Davis Erin Anderson is the Community Engagement Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council, where she works to extend METRO’s presence into the digital realm by keeping friends, followers, and connections up to date on issues relevant to the field of libraries, archives, and museums.

    Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian in Fresno State. He has held positions in New York University Shanghai and the New York Public Library. He has published widely and presented extensively in various topics of academic and public librarianship in national and international conferences such as ALA, SLA and IFLA.
    FForeword by Mary Lee Kennedy

    Introduction by Davis Erin Anderson & Raymond Pun

    Part I: From Special to Academic Librarianship

    Chapter 1:
    Successfully Making Transition Between Academia and Corporation by Jia Mi

    Chapter 2:
    Getting to Great: Transitioning from a Special to an Academic Library by Linda Miles

    Chapter 3:
    An Interview With Jan Chindlund, Library Dean, Columbia College Chicago Library

    Chapter 4:
    From the Hospital to the Academy and Back Again: Opportunities in Medical Librarianship by Lisa Liang Philpotts

    Chapter 5:
    Flipping the Pages: Tracing Experiences from Both Sides of the Road by Joseph M. Yap

    Chapter 6:
    An Interview with Gretel L. Stock-Kupperman, Director of the Library, Instructional Design, and Academic Affairs Initiatives, Viterbo University

    Chapter 7:
    From Public to Corporate to Academic: Tales and Lessons from an Accidental Business Librarian by Celia Ross

    Chapter 8:
    Uprooting from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles, California: A Professional Journey by Veronica D’Aquino

    Part II: From Academic to Special Librarianship

    Chapter 9:
    One MLIS Degree, Many Career Possibilities by Sandra Hirsh

    Chapter 10:
    Going Govie: An Academic Librarian Joins the Civil Service by Deborah E. B. Keller

    Chapter 11:
    10 Simple Tips for Managing Your Career: Reflections on an Evolving Career from a Restless Librarian by Carrie Netzer Wadja

    Part III: From Special to Public Librarianship

    Chapter 12:
    How Being an Untraditional Librarian Allowed for a Library Career in the Arts by Kara West

    Chapter 13:
    Setting Up Shop: From Business to Public with a little Entrepreneurship Between by Lorene Kennard

    Chapter 14:
    Make Your Own Luck: The Story of a Recent Transition from Art Librarian to Teen Services Librarian by Holland S. Kessinger

    Chapter 15:
    From Prisons to Public: My Time at Brooklyn Public Library by Brian Hasbrouck


    Part IV: From Public to Academic Librarianship


    Chapter 16:
    On the Road Again: From Public to Community College Libraries by Gerald Anderson

    Chapter 17:
    A Time to Plant, A Time to Uproot: My Transition from Large Public Library to a Small Seminary Library by Sachiko Clayton

    Chapter 18:
    An Interview with Professor Nicole A. Cooke from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Chapter 19:
    Career Transition: Why I Left Public Library Service for Academic Librarianship by Zena George

    Chapter 20:
    From Public to Academic: Reflections and Tips for Transitions From a Former Overseas Librarian by Raymond Pun


    Part V: From Academic to Public Librarianship

    Chapter 21:
    From Big City Academic Library to Big City Public Library By Arieh D. Ress

    Chapter 22:
    An Interview with Catharina Isberg, Library Director of Helsingborg Public Library in Sweden

    Part VI: From Public to Special Librarianship

    Chapter 23:
    A Conversation with Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas: Starting Your Own Consulting Gig


    Chapter 24:
    From NYPL to CNN: How I Transitioned from Public to News Librarianship by Christina Podenski

    Chapter 25:
    From Libraries to Museums: Successfully Adapting to Work in a Different Type of Cultural Institution by Laura Ruttum Senturia

    Chapter 26:
    Nine Qualities to Cultivate Across Your Entire Career by Sarah T. Jewell

    Part VII: From School Media to Academic Librarianship and Vendor Services

    Chapter 27:
    From School Librarian to Technical Support: An Exercise in Reflection by Allison M. Cloyd

    Chapter 28:
    An Interview with Yujin Hong, E-Resources Librarian from Kyung Hee University Central Library, Seoul, Korea

    Part VIII: Transitions within the Academic Library World

    Chapter 29:
    Getting Started with Digital Humanities in Libraries by Zach Coble

    Chapter 30:
    Future-Proof Your Career with Resilience and Proactivity by Heng (Helen) Ge

    Chapter 31:
    From Lawyer to Librarian to Librarian Lawyer: Transitioning to Librarianship from the Legal Field by April M. Hathcock

    Chapter 32:
    The Road from Medical to Science-Engineering Librarianship by Amani Magid

    Chapter 33:
    An Interview with Stacy R. Williams, Head of Architecture and Fine Arts Library in University of Southern California

    Part IX: Non-Traditional Transitions, Internships, and General Advice

    Chapter 34:
    An Interview with Naomi House, Founder of “INALJ”

    Chapter 35:
    Refining Your Career: Internships and Transition by Sean A. Flores

    Chapter 36:
    Gaining Experience Without Forgoing Pay: Advice on Landing Paid Work as an LIS Student by Dinah Handel

    Chapter 37:
    An Interview with Dr. Janet H. Clarke, Associate Dean for Research and User Engagement at Stony Brook University Libraries

    Chapter 38:
    An Interview with Dr. Lian Ruan, Head Librarian at Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Chapter 39:
    Top Five Tips For Finding New Roles In Your Library by Davis Erin Anderson

    About the Editors and Contributors
    Index
    The library world is constantly in flux as new job descriptions and brands of library services are continually created. Librarians just starting out can expect to evolve and change many times over the course of their career. As a result, many may choose to trade working in one type of library for another. Those seeking a fresh position or to make the jump to a different setting may find a guiding hand with this work edited by Anderson (community engagement manager, Metropolitan New York Lib. Council) and Pun (First Year Student Success Librarian, California State Univ., Fresno). An extensive collection of essays and interviews from librarians who have made drastic changes in their careers, the book features sections that discuss transitions among various institutions. For example, from specialized to academic libraries, academic to public libraries, and nontraditional pursuits. Chapters are replete with practical advice and strategies, interspersed with thoughtful interviews with library leaders. ­VERDICT An important book for professionals seeking horizons unknown, as well as administrators looking to update staff skills and job descriptions. Also a valuable addition to library science curricula
    Library Journal


    This is a very comprehensive look at how to move into new positions among various kinds of libraries. It includes chapters written by librarians about their career transitions, and also contains interviews and advice from seasoned librarians in various management positions…. This book contains very good advice…. This is a very good resource for librarians at any stage of a career, and the first-person narratives are very relatable.
    Journal of Academic Librarianship


    Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library is filled with personal stories and interviews which capture the energy and dynamism of the 21st century librarian career. The book is an innovative and enlightening exploration of transitions across types of organizations, assignments, and geographies which affirms the exciting mobility and transferability of the information professional.
    Jim Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University


    Though this keen volume can be read as a career guide, reading it feels more like you're having a chat with a mentor about career options over a cup of coffee. It makes a powerful statement that our field is not in crisis. Rather, it is living through an invigorating period of transition. The anecdotes in this collection remind us that there are more options available with a MLIS than ever before.
    Miraida Morales, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers


    "As libraries transform, the differences between library types are less critical to our patrons. Our patrons recognize that the role librarians and information specialists play today is less about what we have for people and more about what we do for and with people. The contributors to Career Transitions for Librarians share the stories of top-notch national and global librarians and information leaders that help readers discover ways to elevate, advance and thrive in our dynamic professional world."
    Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, and Past President of the American Library Association


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