Rethinking Information Work
A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals, 2nd Edition
by G. Kim Dority
February 2016, 264pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-959-4
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How do you build a resilient career that is rewarding both financially and personally with your LIS skill set? This book shows you the way.

A state-of-the-art guide to the world of library and information science that gives readers valuable insights into the field and practical tools to succeed in it.

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
G. Kim Dority is chief content officer for as well as founder and president of Dority & Associates, Inc. She has written more than 200 career articles, has presented numerous LIS career webinars and workshops for student groups and professional organizations, and has published two books on LIS careers. For the past 15 years, Dority has taught a course that she created on alternative LIS careers for the University of Denver. She founded and manages the LinkedIn group "LIS Career Options," which currently has approximately 9,500 members from 60 countries.


"This book is interesting and valuable reading for librarians, especially school librarians who might be facing district cuts, and would also be of interest to educators considering a career change to librarianship."—VOYA, August 2, 2016

"Rethinking Information Work can be useful to LIS students, new librarians, and mid-career professionals alike. . . . A librarian who is in a stable, fulfilling career could also benefit from this book, especially if their position requires them to supervise other librarians. Supervisors could use this book as a resource for staff members who may still be finding their place in the profession. . . . This book is highly recommended for all library and information professionals and students."—Technical Services Quarterly, December 20, 2016
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