This is the definitive handbook for all new information professionals wanting to thrive in their careers. Drawing together the experiences and advice of rising stars in the information world it provides a comprehensive and dynamic resource which will help you to understand and tackle every challenge you encounter in the information world. Each chapter will interweave expert and cutting-edge narrative introducing the topic with international case studies from all sectors examining personal experiences and how these have shaped their roles. Advice, practical exercises and activities will guide the reader in their own professional development. Some of the topics covered include: utilizing technologies and social media; engaging stakeholders and promoting library services and the information role; user analysis, metrics, quantitative measures and SWOT analysis; generating funding and how to do more with less; getting involved in digital preservation; managing people and communication skills; up-skilling and professional development; and, networking, promoting yourself and staying up to date. This is essential reading for all new professionals in academic, public and special libraries, archives and records management and those who want to further develop their career. It's also an invaluable guide for students of these disciplines hoping to get to grips with the profession.
Bethan Ruddock is Content Development Officer at Mimas and works to expand the coverage of Copac and the Archives Hub. At the Archives Hub she also teaches archive student and practitioners about XML, Encoded Archival Description, and the Archives Hub EAD Editor. She won the SLA Rising Star award in 2010 and is regularly involved in New Professionals activities including the LISNPN network.
"Would I recommend this text? Yes, because of its stimulating approach, common sense and good examples. The sources listed will certainly provide a good platform for further enquiry and the ideas for development will greatly assist a newly-fledged professional. I would also recommend it to more seasoned practitioners as a means of reviving interest or for getting back into the profession after some time away...Bethan Ruddock is to be congratulated on a fine piece of work that should continue to have influence for a long period." - Journal of Librarianship and Information Science