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What's the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros Paperback – April 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1573873338 ISBN-10: 1573873330

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc. (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573873330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573873338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every library professional—from new graduates seeking a first job to retirees looking for new challenges—can find something useful in this latest guide from Gordon, author (The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide) and LJ Computer Media columnist. She covers a range of nontraditional careers, including working for vendors and cultural institutions, setting up shop independently (e.g., as a consultant or information broker), performing information work such as knowledge management or competitive intelligence, working in information technology outside of libraries, and filling nontraditional roles within libraries. Each chapter presents various careers with an emphasis on transferable skills, along with personal accounts from practitioners explaining what they do, how they got there, what they like about their jobs, and more. Gordon presents both the rewards and challenges of alternative library careers clearly and provides sound advice for exploring options and breaking into new fields. Two other recent books on information careers—G. Kim Dority's Rethinking Information Work and A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Science, edited by Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard A. Murray, cover some similar ground, but neither title is an adequate substitute for this one. Highly recommended for graduate and professional collections.—Janet A. Crum, Oregon Health & Science Univ. Lib., Portland
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For those with library science degrees, a job as a librarian does not have the be the only option. "What's the Alternative?: Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros" is a guide for would be librarians and ex-librarians who want to apply their skills to another career field and are not entirely sure how to get started on these new career paths. Providing countless ideas for librarians and tips abound for them to find a job they can enjoy and succeed at, "What's the Alternative?: Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros" is highly recommended for community library career collections.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Azul on April 28, 2011
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Don't expect to find great ideas in this book but if you have no idea what to do with your librry degree whatsoever this book is a good start.
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