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Selected LIS-Specific Career Guides

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American Library Association Reference and Users Association Career Resources

An increasing number of career-related books for LIS have made their way into the market in recent years. A few of these are noted below.


  • Rosemary Raddon with Angela Abell, Rossana Kendall and Liz Roberts,eds. Your Career, Your Life: Career Management for the Information Professional. Aldershot, England: Burlington, VT: Ashgate, c2005. Hodges Library Stacks * Z682.35.V62 * Y68 2005
  • Shontz, Priscilla K. ed. The Librarian's Career Guidebook. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2004. Hodges Library Stacks * Z682.35.V62 * L53 2004
  • Eberts, Marjorie, ed. Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types. Chicago: VGM Career Books, c2003. 3rd ed. Z471 .E25 2003
  • Kane, Laura Townsend. Straight from the Stacks: A Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. Hodges Z682.35 .V62 * K36 2003
  • Pantry, Sheila. Your Essential Guide to Career Success. London: Facet Pub., c2003. 2nd ed. Hodges Library = Stacks * Z682.35.V62 * P36 2003
  • Gordon, Rachel Singer. The NextGen Librarian’s Survival Guide. Medford, NJ: 2006
  • Shontz, Priscilla K. Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2002. Hodges Z682.35.V62 S47 2002
  • Totterdell, Anne. The Library and Information Work Primer. 2nd ed. London: Library Association, 2001.Hodges Z665.T67 2001
  • Newlen, Robert R. Writing Resumes that Work: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1998. Hodges Z682.2.U5 N49 1998
  • “The future for librarians [video recording]: positioning you for success.” American Association of Law Libraries, Medical Library Association, Special Libraries Association, in association with LEXIS-NEXIS. Chicago, Ill.: AALL; MLA; [Washington, DC]: SLA, c1997.
  • McCook, Kathleen. Opportunities in Library and Information Science Careers [limited preview electronic resource] Lincolnwood, Ill. : VGM Career Horizons, c1997
  • Mount, Ellis. Expanding Technologies--Expanding Careers: Librarianship in Transition. Washington, DC: Special Libraries Association, c1997. Hodges Z665.2.U6 E97 1997.
  • Sellen, Betty-Carol. What Else You Can Do with a Library Degree: Career Options for the 90s and Beyond. New York: Neal-Schulman Publishers, c1997. Hodges Z682.35.V62 W47 1997.
  • Horton, Forest W. Extending the Librarian's Domain: A Survey of Emerging Occupation Opportunities for Librarians and Information Professionals. Washington: SLA 1994. Hodges Z682.2.U5H67 1994
  • Mount, Ellis. Opening New Doors: Alternative Careers for librarians. Washington, D.C.: Special Libraries Association, 1993. Hodges Z682.2.U5O65 1993
  • Dewey, Barbara I. Library Jobs: How to Fill Them, How to Find Them. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1987.
  • Georgian, Rhoda. Careers in Other Fields for Librarians: Successful Strategies for Finding the job. Chicago: American Library Association, 1985. Hodges Z682.2.U5G37 1985.
  • Betty-Carol Sellen and Dimity S. Bergner. New Options for Librarians: Finding a Job in a Related Field. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, c1984. Z682.2.U5N47 1984
  • Noble, Valerie, A Librarian's Guide to Personal Development: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Special Libraries Association, c1980. Z682 .N62 1980. Hodges Z682 * .N62 1980.

Articles and Web Pages

  • Ainsbury, Bob, and Michelle Futornick. "The Revenge of the Library Scientist." Online 24 (Nov./Dec. 2000):60-62.
  • "Community Builders (Librarians Who Demonstrate Role of Community In Libraries)." Library Journal 127 (Mar. 15, 2002): 11-17.
  • "Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries." Journal of Youth Services in Libraries 14 (Winter 2001):21-4.
  • DeCandido, GraceAnne. "Hanging Out My Shingle: From Librarian to Consultant." American Libraries 31 (Mar. 2000): 46.
  • Fullerton, Barbara. "Hunting For A Job? Try The Internet." Law Library Resource Xchange. Updated May 1, 2002. (accessed May 3, 2002)
  • Gregory, Vicki, and Sonia Ramierez. "Better Pay, More Jobs." Library Journal 125 (Oct. 15, 2000): 30.
  • Guenther, Kim. "Follow The Information And You'll Find A Librarian." Computers in Libraries 21 (Nov./Dec. 2001): 52-54.
  • Hordle, Julia. "No Business Like Self-Promotion." Information World Review 181 (June 2002): 28.
  • Ireland, Susan. "A Resume That Works." Searcher 10 (July/Aug. 2002): 98-109.
  • Jacobs, Leslie. "The Changing Person Within The Information Profession." Online 26 (Mar./Apr. 2002): 68.
  • Jasco, Peter. "Librarians As Digital Authors And Publishers." Computers in Libraries 21 (May 2001): 52.
  • Kennedy, Shirley. "It's All in a Typical Day's Work." Information Today 19 (Apr. 2002): 32.
  • "Library/Information Science Education, Placement, and Salaries, Part 3." In The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac, 361-424. Ed. Dave Bogart (Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2002).
  • Longo, Brunello. "How a Librarian Can Live Nine Lives in a Knowledge-Based Economy." Computers in Libraries 21 (Nov./Dec. 2001): 40-43.
  • Mort, Mary-Ellen. "The Info Pro's Survival Guide to Job Hunting." Searcher 10 (July/Aug. 2002): 42.
  • Oder, Norman. "1999 Grad Tami Suzuki: Making Archives Live." Library Journal 125 (Oct. 15, 2000): 34.
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Fact Sheet: Opportunities for Training and Education Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine." June 28, 2001. July 8, 2002)
  • Whisner, Mary. "Choosing Law Librarianship: Thoughts For People Considering A Career Move." Law Library Resource Xchange. Aug. 2, 1999. (accessed April 8, 2003)
  • Zampetti, Leslie. "Moving Up And Out." Information Outlook 4 (Nov. 2000):24-29.

Additional Resources

For additional insight into the wide variety of occupations in the growing information field, visit SIS Selected Positions for Information Professionals.  

For job-hunting links, use SIS Job Links Collection.