Library Science Career Development Books

Books by LIScareer Editors:

Shontz, Priscilla K. and Richard A. Murray.  What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science
Students.  Libraries Unlimited, May 2012. ISBN 1598848283

    While library schools provide graduates with a solid understanding of library science
    concepts, many diploma holders have no clear plan for finding a desirable job with
    their knowledge. The information in What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library
    Science Students will be extremely valuable for students currently in Masters of
    Library Science program as well as recent recipients of MLS degrees, regardless of
    what kind of work environment they wish to work in.

    The book guides readers through the process of planning a job search step-by-
    step. Divided into two major sections—the student experience and the job search—
    the authors provide critical advice derived from their combined 30 years of real-
    world, in-the-field experience. Specific topics include choosing classes, gaining
    practical experience while in school, establishing a professional image, gaining
    skills that make applicants more marketable, writing effective resumes and cover
    letters, interviewing, and negotiating a job offer.

    • Presents practical, real-life advice on landing the first job after library school
    • Explains how the job search process works "on the inside"
    • Provides actionable strategies for students who are still in library school to improve
    their odds of getting their ideal job
    • Reveals what potential employers like to see when interviewing for a job vacancy—
    and what turns them off

Shontz, Priscilla K. and Richard A. Murray, editors. A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and
Information Science.  Libraries Unlimited, 2007. ISBN 1591583640.

    Many people, not just those new to the field of Library and Information Science, are
    curious about their career options. The editors of have assembled
    95 authors, each of whom describes a "typical" workday or work routine, sharing
    joys, sorrows, and annoyances in refreshingly candid fashion. In the process, they
    offer those interested in finding a similar job exposure to useful skills and advice
    across a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional jobs. In addition to public,
    academic, school, and special libraries, consortia, associations, LIS programs,
    vendors, publishing, consulting, and other non-library fields are also covered. This
    is a perfect guide for library and information science students, prospective
    information professionals, new librarians-or anyone considering a career change.


Shontz, Priscilla K., editor.
The Librarian's Career Guidebook. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Dec 2004.
ISBN 0810850346

    Are you trying to break into a career in library science or improve your current
    position? In The Librarian's Career Guidebook, 63 information professionals from
    diverse positions, workplaces, and regions discuss a variety of career issues and
    offer advice to prospective librarians, MLS students, and librarians in various stages
    of their careers, from entry-level to the highly experienced. Packed with more than 60
    chapters, The Librarian's Career Guidebook covers such topics as career options,
    education, the job search, on-the-job experience, professional development,
    essential skills and strategies for enjoying your career.


Shontz, Priscilla K.
Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow
Press, 2002.  ISBN 0810840847

    Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science is designed to help new
    librarians begin to manage a successful and satisfying career in the library and
    education science profession. Although the first years are often overwhelming, they
    can be the key to creating a successful career as a librarian or information
    professional. Unless one is fortunate enough to have good mentors or strong
    support groups, a new librarian may drift into an unsatisfying career. This book
    emphasizes the value of defining one's own idea of success and of positioning
    one's self to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that arise. Although the
    book is aimed at students and new information professionals, much of the advice
    may apply to a librarian at any stage of his or her career.

    This book contains advice and anecdotes gathered from research and interviews
    with more than 70 information professionals in a variety of library-related careers.
    The book is written in a practical, easy-to-read style. The modular format allows a
    reader to read any chapter on its own or to read the chapters in any order, choosing
    which ones are most relevant at any point. The book covers eight broad topics:
    career planning, job searching, gaining experience and education, developing
    interpersonal skills and leadership skills, networking, mentoring, and writing for
    publication. Lengthy lists of related readings, as well as related web sites, are
    included to allow the reader to follow up on any topic.


More Library Science Career Books (listed in reverse publication date order):
Career Strategies for Librarians