Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library

Rowman & Littlefield. May 2016. 270p. ed. by Davis Erin Anderson & . index. ISBN 9781442263727. $65. PRO MEDIA
The library world is constantly in flux as new job descriptions and brands of library services are continually created. Librarians just starting out can expect to evolve and change many times over the course of their career. As a result, many may choose to trade working in one type of library for another. Those seeking a fresh position or to make the jump to a different setting may find a guiding hand with this work edited by Anderson (community engagement manager, Metropolitan New York Lib. Council) and Pun (First Year Student Success Librarian, California State Univ., Fresno). An extensive collection of essays and interviews from librarians who have made drastic changes in their careers, the book features sections that discuss transitions among various institutions. For example, from specialized to academic libraries, academic to public libraries, and nontraditional pursuits. Chapters are replete with practical advice and strategies, interspersed with thoughtful interviews with library leaders.
VERDICT An important book for professionals seeking horizons unknown, as well as administrators looking to update staff skills and job descriptions. Also a valuable addition to library science curricula.
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