As the field of information science continues to evolve, professional-level opportunities in traditional librarianship—especially in school and public libraries—have stalled and contracted, while at the same time information-related opportunities in non-library settings continue to expand. These two coinciding trends are opening up many new job opportunities for LIS professionals, but the challenge lies in helping them (and LIS students) understand how to align their skills and mindsets with these new opportunities.The new edition of G. Kim Dority’s Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals gives readers helpful information on self-development, including learning to thrive on change, using key career skills like professional networking and brand-building, and how to make wise professional choices.
Taking readers through a planning process that starts with self-examination and ends in creating an actionable career path, the book presents an expansive approach that considers all LIS career possibilities and introduces readers to new opportunities. This guide is appropriate for those embarking on careers in library and information science as well as those looking to make a change, providing career design strategies that can be used to build a lifetime of career opportunity.
- Identifies a broad range of Library and Information Science (LIS) career options
- Identifies professional skills and strengths needed in the LIS field
- Helps LIS students and practitioners perform a self-assessment to determine their "best fit" job preferences
- Examines the pros and cons of traditional, nontraditional, and independent LIS career paths
- Provides tips on using networking and professional reputation-building for career growth
- Enables readers to develop skills, attitudes, and aptitudes necessary to build a rewarding and resilient career in LIS