Table of contents for The librarian's career guidebook / edited by Priscilla K. Shontz.


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Table of Contents
Foreword (Rachel Singer Gordon) - vii
Acknowledgments - ix
Introduction (Priscilla K. Shontz) - x
Companion Website - xiii
Section One: Career Planning - 1
Chapter 1: Why Be a Librarian? (Sarah Ann Long) - 2
Chapter 2: The Public in Public Libraries (Erika James) - 9
Chapter 3: Career Options in Academe (Mary Anne Hansen) - 18
Chapter 4: Never a Dull Day in the School Library (Linda Rowan) - 26
Chapter 5: From Makeup to Missiles: Special Libraries Mirror the Diversity and Complexity of Today's 
Business Economy (Regina Lee) - 36
Chapter 6: A Bird's-Eye View: Working for a Library Consortium (Kim Armstrong) - 47
Chapter 7: Association Careers (Stephen A. Kershner) - 53
Chapter 8: Passing It On: A Career as a Full-Time Educator (Elaine Yontz) - 59
Chapter 9: Looking at Libraries from Both Sides: Librarian-Vendors (Karen J. Cook) - 65
Chapter 10: Beckoned by Darth Vader: Careers in Publishing (Trudy Lindsey) - 77
Chapter 11: You Want Me to Put What Where? Freelancing Librarianship as Job, Hobby, and Passion 
(Jessamyn West) - 86
Chapter 12: Countless Opportunities: Alternative Career Paths for Librarians and Information Professionals 
(Selma Permenter) - 95
Section Two: Education - 103
Chapter 13: Choosing a Library Program (Kevin O'Kelly) - 104
Chapter 14: The M.L.S.: What Is It Worth? (Chrissie Anderson Peters) - 110
Chapter 15: Now That I'm Here, What Do I Take? (Tanzi Merritt) - 123
Chapter 16: Replacing Classrooms and Carrels with Keystrokes: Distance Education of Library and 
Information Science Professionals (Amanda J. Roberts) - 130
Chapter 17: Library Work Experience: Get Some! (Tom Bahlinger) - 142
Chapter 18: Get Hired Soon! Improving Your Post-Graduation Employability (Elaine Yontz) - 149
Section Three: Employment - 154
Chapter 19: Hunting and Gathering: Finding Jobs (Suzan Lee) - 155
Chapter 20: Avoiding the Landmines: Evaluating a Potential Workplace (Nancy Cunningham) - 162
Chapter 21: Cover Letters: Tips for Making a Good First Impression (Sarah L. Johnson) - 174
Chapter 22: The Resume: A Short Story about You (John Lehner) - 182
Chapter 23: Interviews in Libraries: Planning, Preparation and Perfection (Tiffany Eatman Allen) - 191
Chapter 24: Negotiation (Mari Marsh) - 199
Chapter 25: Standing Out from the Crowd: Maximizing Your Hirability (Richard A. Murray) - 205
Chapter 26: Leaving a Job: It Really Is a Small World (Madeline A. Copp) - 217
Chapter 27: Make Your Own Opportunities: Staying Professionally Active While Unemployed (Colleen 
Simmons) - 225
Chapter 28: When You Come to a Fork in the Road ... Take It (Beverley Geer) - 232
Section Four: Experience as an Entry-Level Librarian - 238
Chapter 29: Does This Job Make Me Look Fat? or, Making Your First Year on the Job a More Comfortable 
Fit (Clint Chamberlain) - 239
Chapter 30: I Got the Job, Now What Do I Do? or, Acclimating to the Environment and Defining 
Expectations in a New Workplace (Marilyn P. Lewis) - 249
Chapter 31: It Just Doesn't Matter: What You Didn't Learn in Library School (Jill Emery) - 254
Chapter 32: How to Look Like You Know What You Are Doing: Developing a Professional Image (Sarah 
E. O'Neal) - 265
Chapter 33: Performance Reviews: Terror, Tedium or Inspiration? (Frances C. Wilkinson and Linda K. 
Lewis) - 273
Chapter 34: Tenure Track or Tenure Trap? (Christopher Nolan) - 283
Section Five: Experience as an Experienced Librarian - 293
Chapter 35: Preparing for Promotion: How to Succeed without Developing an Ulcer in the Process (Linda 
Marie Golian-Lui) - 294
Chapter 36: Library Management (Cindy Scroggins) - 309
Chapter 37: Staying Relevant: It's All Part of Learning (Birdie MacLennan) - 314
Chapter 38: From Acorn to Oak: Transforming a Novice into an Expert (Carol Anne Germain) - 328
Chapter 39: Flamed! The Burned-Out Librarian (Zahra M. Baird) - 335
Chapter 40: Batteries Included: Ten Tips to Supercharge Your Library Career (Janet Foster) - 343
Section Six: Skills - 351
Chapter 41: Through the Mouth, the Fish Dies: the Importance of Good Interpersonal Communication 
Skills (Juanita Benedicto) - 352
Chapter 42: Talk, Listen, Repeat: Some Thoughts on Communication Skills (Bob Persing) - 357
Chapter 43: Computer and Technology Skills for the 21st Century Librarian (Leo Robert Klein) - 366
Chapter 44: How to Pass the 4:55 Friday Afternoon Test: the Importance of Being Organized (Ladd 
Brown) - 376
Chapter 45: It's About Time: Time Management Skills (Beth Thornton) - 386
Chapter 46: Public Speaking Skills (Trudi E. Jacobson and John R. Vallely) - 396
Chapter 47: Librarian as Educator, or Dewey, Dewey, and You (Gale Hannigan and Kathleen Dalton) - 407
Chapter 48: Effective Writing for the Career Librarian (Bob Schatz) - 417
Chapter 49: The Core of Leadership: Skills for Emerging Leaders (Teri R. Switzer) - 424
Section Seven: Professional Development - 430
Chapter 50: The Art and Science of Professional Behavior (Nancy George) - 431
Chapter 51: Click to Connect! Successful Online Communication (Kate Sinclair) - 438
Chapter 52: Conference Attendance (Jeff Bullington) - 447
Chapter 53: Association Work: What's in It for Me? (Ann Snoeyenbos) - 456
Chapter 54: Mentoring: A Primer (Carol Ritzen Kem) - 464
Chapter 55: Keeping Our Heads above Water: Staying Current with Professional Issues (Denise Landry-
Hyde) - 474
Chapter 56: Publish the Thought: Writing for the Professional Literature (Wayne Jones) - 483
Chapter 57: Marketing Yourself: Planning to Achieve Your Professional Goals (Christine Shupala) - 491
Section Eight: Enjoying Your Career - 500
Chapter 58: Decompressing the Overstressed Librarian (Timothy A. Baird) - 501
Chapter 59: Adapting to Change (Mary Anne Hansen) - 509
Chapter 60: Positive Attitude (Dora Ho) - 516
Chapter 61: Balance (Ann Snoeyenbos) - 523
Chapter 62: The Juggling Act: Balancing Family and Your Library Career (Catherine J. Woodworth Wong) 
- 532
Conclusion: Librarianship for the Love of It (Karla J. Block) - 542
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Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Library science Vocational guidance, Librarians Employment, Library education, Career development