By Rachel Singer Gordon

Because the international details economic climate grows, librarians who're in a position to retool and move their talents are discovering themselves more and more renowned. right here, Rachel Singer Gordon explains the dynamics of the moving marketplace for information-based paintings, unearths more than a few nontraditional employment possibilities for librarians, and encourages information execs to make use of their talents in new and intriguing methods. blending functional suggestion with real-life tales of librarians operating in a number of fields, Gordon offers a wealth of beneficial principles and assets for information professionals rethinking their profession paths. no matter if you re a contemporary library institution grad dealing with a decent activity industry, a operating librarian looking stronger work/life stability, or an details professional with an entrepreneurial streak, What s the choice? can help you discover your innovations and maximize your occupation capability

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It also allowed me to help the product developers on this new medical/legal product, and sometimes helped me explain attorneys’ behaviors to my law librarians who had not practiced law or gone to law school. In my new position, it gives me an additional perspective to bring to the job. If you are interested in a librarian relations-type position, you really have to love to get up and speak in front of a group. Great presentation skills are a must! You also have to be a real self-starter. No one told me what to do on a daily basis— I just knew what needed doing, and made sure it got done.

You can also think about offering your services to one of these organizations on a volunteer or intern basis to gain some experience, although this may be more difficult to arrange if you aren’t currently in school. Vendors Vendors recognize that many of their best employees come from the library world, paving the way for you to make your case. Check out the exhibits at ALA Annual or any other large library conference to get an idea of the range and types of vendors out there. com) to identify potential employers.

Especially if you lack experience training in your own institution, you may want to try out teaching in some sense before pursuing this option. Offer to conduct workshops for your local system or at a professional conference; volunteer to do technology training at your local public library. If you are interested in teaching in an LIS program, your options include teaching full-time in an SLIS (which may require going back to school to earn your PhD), as well as teaching part-time as an adjunct instructor and/or teaching in a community college LTA program.

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