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LIS Career Sourcebook


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Like most industries in a volatile economy, the field of library and information science faces constant change, prompting those new to the profession-as well as established professionals-to question which career route will offer the greatest opportunity. This book guides users to the information resources that will help them to make smart career choices.

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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: The LIS Career Universe Framing Your Career Options Who Needs What Information? Exploring Your Career Options Resources Chapter 2: LIS Education Options Do You Need an MLIS? Finding an MLIS Program Evaluating MLIS Programs What about Online Programs and iSchools? What Courses to Take Financial Aid Sources Does Getting an MLIS Make Sense? 5 Resources Chapter 3: LIS Job Hunting Decide on Potential Job Opportunities/Career Paths Research the Relevant Job Market(s) Understand Your Value Proposition Polish Your Job-Hunting Tools (E-Portfolios, Resumes, and Cover Letters) Build Your Professional Brand Online before Applying for Jobs Launch Your Job Search Interviewing and Negotiating Should New Grads Take Non-LIS Jobs? Temping as an Interim Job Solution Resources Chapter 4: Start Your Career off Right Communicating Effectively Becoming an Effective Team Player Responding Positively to Change Getting Things Done Staying Professionally Current Importance of Self-Leadership to Your Career Resources Chapter 5: Learning What Will You Need to Learn? How and Where Will You Learn? Finding Your Learning Path Resources Chapter 6: Building Your Professional Network What Is a Professional Network? Building and Sustaining Your Professional Community Introverted? You Can Still Build a Network Still a Student? Start Building Your Network in Grad School Networking Strategy Benefits of a Professional Network Resources Chapter 7: Establishing Your Professional Brand Key Characteristics of a Professional Brand Career Branding, Social Media, and Introverts Building Your Brand in Grad School Why Your Professional Brand Is Really Important to Your Career Resources Chapter 8: Managing What Is Management? Management Insights Key Management Challenges Resources Chapter 9: Leading Definition of Leadership Becoming a Leader-The Outside Perspective Becoming a Leader-The LIS Perspective Gender/Gen-Y Frames and Leadership Resources Chapter 10: Going the Independent Route Types of Independent Work Is Being an Independent for You? Ways to Approach Independent Work Questions to Consider before You Leap Creating Additional Revenue Streams From Solo to Small Business (and Everything in Between) Resources Chapter 11: Transition Points: Finding Opportunity in Change Taking a Career Time-out Relocating Your Career Moving into a New LIS Career Opportunity or Industry When Your Career Change Is a Layoff Retiring-Or Not Exploring New Directions Resources Appendix: ALA, CLA, and SLA Groups Index

About the Author

G. Kim Dority is the founder and president of G.K. Dority & Associates, an information consulting and content development company.

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