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Thriving as a Mid-Career Librarian: Identity, Advocacy, and Pathways

Association of College & Research Libraries Mar. 2023. 358p. ed. by Brandon K. West & Elizabeth Galoozis. ISBN 9780838939413. pap. $92. PRO MEDIA
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When librarians reach the middle of their careers, they may be facing any number of challenges, including uncertainty about which path to pursue. Editors West (research instruction services, SUNY Geneseo; editor, Creative Instructional Design) and Galoozis (head of information literacy and student engagement, Claremont Coll.; coeditor, Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs) have compiled a thoughtful selection of works by and for librarians exploring potential options that may arise mid-career. The book is divided into four sections, discussing various aspects of such questions as how a librarian’s identity may impact their mid-career choices, how a librarian might stay engaged with their work or advocate for themselves, and why a librarian might choose to pursue a management position. The material deals largely with academic libraries and librarians, although a few essayists work or have worked at other types of libraries. At once practical and theoretical, this volume offers a close, well-considered look at the research and experiences of librarians who have grappled with these issues.
VERDICT Recommended for any collection where professional library literature is popular; librarians at various stages of their careers may take an interest.
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