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Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals Paperback – September 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1591581802 ISBN-10: 159158180X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 1 edition (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159158180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591581802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using various tables, worksheets, lists, and extensive, current bibliographies of Web and print resources, Dority, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver's graduate library school, leads the user through the process of planning his or her chosen information career path. The range of possibilities in information work besides traditional, facilities-based libraries includes information organizations, nonprofit work in associations and foundations, independent business development, training and development, and many types of freelancing. Knowing that life includes shifting priorities, Dority emphasizes the tools readers can use to promote lifelong career resiliency. Whether readers are library and information science students, midcareer librarians, or seasoned professionals, they will refer to this title frequently to sort through their options. Well written, practical, and timely, this resource fits any personal, professional, or career collection. Susan Awe
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"[E]ncourages readers to plan their careers with an understanding of ongoing changes in information work and the broad range of options open to information professionals, leveraging skills and strengths to meet either traditional or nontraditional career goals. The topics include self-knowledge in terms of career planning, identifying paths (traditional, nontraditional, independent), creating a portfolio, growing a career, thriving on change, creating a career map, and taking charge of your own career. A focus on rethinking what we know and do and putting this in terms that will resonate with nonlibrarians is particularly useful, as is an emphasis on proactively and continuously acquiring new skills and knowledge. Exercises and practical suggestions throughout help readers identify goals and steps they need to take, while extensive annotated resources point to further information. This title belongs on the shelf of every LIS student and new librarian; highly recommended for all professional collections."

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Library Journal, Starred Review



"Dority explores the different professional situations available to LIS graduates, characterizes the duties and salary of each position, outlines the format and content of a career portfolio, and offers ideas for learning more job skills. The end of each chapter suggests additional books, periodicals, articles, and online resources."

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"Using various tables, worksheets, lists, and extensive, current bibliographies of Web and print resources, Dority, leads the user through a process of planning his or her chosen information career path. The range of possibilities in information work besides traditional, facilities-based libraries includes information organizations, non-profit work in associations and foundations, independent business development, training and development, or many types of freelancing. Knowing that life includes shifting priorities, Dority emphasizes the tools readers can use to promote lifelong career resiliency. Whether readers are library and information students, mid-career librarians, or seasoned professionals, they will refer to this title frequently to sort through their options. Well-written, practical, and timely, this resource fits any personal, professional, or career collection."

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Booklist/Professional Reading



"Although this book is primarily aimed at LIS graduate students, it may also be useful to many already working in traditional library positions, particularly those contemplating a career change….The nice thing about this book is that the author explores all the possibilities; she doesn't ignore traditional library roles but discusses the pluses and minuses of all different types of careers and tries to help readers identify and match their interests….Reading through this book or checking the extensive references will help you think clearly about your goals in life and the different ways to achieve them….For those new to information work, this book is invaluable. For those already working in the field, it is a nice resource for thinking about the work you do and possible career changes."

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"This professional resource is a practical employment manual for students, new graduates, and seasoned professionals. Full of annotated bibliographies, excercises, and bulleted lists, this book serves as a blueprint for librarians….This book should be recommended reading for Library Science students, and for any librarian who wants to make the most of their career. Recommended."

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Library Media Connection



"Users get two books in one with this source. Dority provides not only information about careers in librarianship but also a workshop approach to maximizing one's career opportunities….it is the workshop element that distinguishes this book from others on library science careers….Dority provides help in developing and nurturing a career. Worksheets and questionnaires encourage readers to explore their own preferences, and discover which path or combination of paths will allow most job satisfaction….I wish I'd written this book. As I didn't, all I can do is recommend that libraries that support library science students purchase it, and that librarians themselves consider it as a personal purchase. Particularly librarians at the start of their careers will find this a helpful guide."

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American Reference Books Annual



"As well as providing a valuable resource for library and information studies students and their teachers, this book is a rich source of information for anyone contemplating a career move or wanting to change jobs within their organization. The self-assessment tools also all the reader to evaluate their satisfaction with their current job and explore possibilities which they may not have previously considered."

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Brown on January 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Without doubt this is the clearest career guide ever written for librarians, library students, or others in interested in information-based careers. With libraries and access to information changing at a breath-taking pace, this guide will expand your world of possibilities and affirm your decision to serve in this field. Never has there been a work that so clearly delineates just what different kinds of librarians actually do, and what they could do with a bit of entrepreneurial ability. This book is an encapsulation of a class Kim has taught for many years at the University of Denver - a class in which she brought in traditional and non-traditional information professionals to explain what they do. Her experience in the business world comes across in the refreshing cross-pollination of up-to-date business and career literature integrated with library literature.

I highly recommend this book for the traditional librarian - it will affirm you chosen path; and for the student in search of a career future in changing times. You will be convinced that information professionals will always have a most important role in society.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Eastburn on February 11, 2007
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This career guidebook is such a valuable resource for students and information professionals of all types. Ms. Dority is an author who actually practices what she writes about. She has a successful career as an information professional and has not only experienced but partipated in the creation process of a variety of exciting and interesting job descriptions. Practicing librarians as well as information professionals who seek an alternative career path will find information in her book that is both motivating and inspiring. This book provides substantial information including worksheets, thought-provoking exercises, and both print and online resources. I was privileged to take the alternative careers class that Ms. Dority teaches and believe that it is one of the most important and stimulating classes offered in the Library and Information Science graduate program. The class, like the book offers students and professionals the opportunity to learn about the many career options that are available along with ideas on how to pursue the possibilities. An added bonus to the book is the related website that includes updated resources and a monthly column on alternative career paths for LIS professionals. Every LIS professional and student should own this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Lyda on February 6, 2007
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Rethinking Information Work is more than a book. It is a manual and a reflexive companion that grows with you as you learn and reflect upon your career choices. I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy during my first quarter as an MLIS student. As I work through school, this book has become an invaluable resource. The format is logical, concise, easy to use, and endlessly helpful. The text is dynamic and the exercises are relevant. There are pointers and ideas regarding all aspects of librarianship that I would not have considered before reading this book. There are so many fresh ideas and creative approaches here that even in a rapidly changing information environment, this book will continue to be my #1 career resource and roadmap for a longtime to come. If you are an MLIS student or if you are remotely interested in a career in library and information sciences, do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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By Maggie A on January 30, 2014
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There is a wealth of information in this book. I highly recommend everyone read it before starting library school. It is very informative when it comes to what to expect in the library and information profession.
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