How to Thrive as a Library Professional

Achieving Success and Satisfaction

by Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles


Create a cohesive pathway toward building a successful professional information practice.

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November 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 130
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/LIS Profession
  Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/Leadership
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Whether you are planning to enter the field of librarianship or are a seasoned veteran, your success requires conscious planning. With its big picture approach, this guide shows you how to manage your career to optimize professional fulfillment.

This book is a practical and straightforward approach to finessing your practice, with easy-to-implement takeaways. Covering topics that range from determining a career vision and cultivating relationships to using narrative to make connections and employing mindfulness, compassion, and self-forgiveness; this book will help librarians at all stages of their careers to take charge and forge their own way in the vast and shifting landscape of information science.

You will discover new perspectives, gain knowledge, and prepare to take decisive action to further your professional practice. You also will be prompted to consider new ways of thinking about your current practice as well as where you want to go. By developing a deliberative approach to building a practice, you will come away ready for action and with a new perspective—on yourself, your work, your organization, and the community your serve.


  • Outlines a deliberate approach to building a successful practice, offering librarians a clear direction for advancing professionally
  • Encourages targeted exploration of seven essential components of professional practice
  • Helps librarians to connect the material to their own professional lives through conceptual framing, reflective prompts, and action-oriented exercises
  • Can be adapted to any stage of a librarian's career and for practice in any type of library
Author Info

Susanne Markgren is assistant director of the Library for Technical Services at Manhattan College, in Riverdale, NY. She has written articles, reviews, and chapters for a variety of publications and is coauthor of the book Career Q&A: A Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career. She serves on the boards of local and national committees, associations, and consortia, and coordinates a mentoring program for a local ACRL chapter. She holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College.

Linda Miles is an assistant professor and librarian at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College – City University of New York. She previously served as Public Services and User Experience Librarian at Yeshiva University, and began her career in the library of Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. She has published widely, most recently in Urban Library Journal. She received an Early-Career Librarian Scholarship from ACRL (2017) and an IMLS Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian Scholarship (2009–11). She holds an MLS from St. John's University and a PhD in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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