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Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work
Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1499-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $50.00
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152 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1499-1
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C

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Unplanned careers affect everything and everyone. They can lead to frustration, negativity, and apathy at a time when we need to be focused, energized and motivated. Though your library career might have started “accidentally,” you can overcome organizational restructuring, changing job titles, and shifting responsibilities by cultivating a mindful existence in the library workplace. Building on the simple and fun approach that have made her previous books bestsellers, Hakala-Ausperk offers up a DIY-style program for revisiting personal values, understanding your options, identifying skill gaps, and creating plans for growth. Whether you’re a library veteran who’s feeling burned out, a new LIS grad just starting out, or somewhere in mid-career, this book will
  • introduce methods to help you examine your individual interests, desires, and goals;
  • show you how to understand your workplace’s priorities and culture, and offer tips for identifying where there’s either a match or a gap;
  • demonstrate how you can improve your current position;
  • prepare you to move forward through the creation of a personalized strategic professional plan that addresses professional development, gaining additional experience, and other options for growth;
  • include tips for effective self-marketing, networking through colleagues and friends, and acing an interview;
  • present ways to stay happy and engaged in a new role or position; and
  • offer guidance for sharing your skills and experience through mentorship, and retiring with grace. 
Ideal for both self-paced study and team-based staff development, this six-step plan will help readers renew themselves, their careers, and their organizations.
Table of Contents

  • Why Did I Write This Book?
  • Why Are You Reading It?
  • How Does This Book Work?

Who Are You?
Things That Really Matter
Your Renewal Plan: Step One—Who?
Life So Far . . .
The Process
That Old Life Ladder
Stay Out of Your Way

What Do You Want to Do?
Define Mission
What Is Work?
Your True Identity
What Did You Do?
What Do You Do Now?
What Would You Love to Do?
The Secret Formula: Values + Mission = Action
Your Renewal Plan: Step Two—What?
“Night, Montreal”

When Is the Time Right?
Timing Isn’t Everything
When Does Success Begin (and Will You Recognize It When You See It)?
Meet Anna, Successful Writer
The Life Cycle of Purpose
Your Renewal Plan: Step Three—When?

Where Should You Be?
Right Place, Right Time
Stay or Go?
The Boss
Work/Life Balance
Starting Over
Before You Go
While You’re Looking
What to Look For
Values Are Everywhere
Your Renewal Plan: Step Four—Where?

Why Bother?
Why Not?
What’s the Worst That Can Happen?
OK Then, Why?
Your Renewal Plan: Step Five—Why?

How Do You Do It?
How Do You Eat an Elephant?
It Wasn’t Raining When Noah Built the Ark
Your Renewal Plan: Step Six—How? (Part One of Three)
Your Renewal Plan: Step Six—How? (Part Two of Three)
This Is Happening
Your Renewal Plan: Step Six—How? (Part Three of Three)

My Renewal Plan

About the Author

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
is a 31-year public library veteran with experience in everything from customer service to management and administration. Now an active library planner, speaker, consultant, and trainer, she is also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (2011) and Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (2013). She is an adjunct faculty member at Kent (Ohio) State University’s School of Library and Information Science, and she also teaches for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program, as well as for InfoPeople. Nationally, she keynotes, presents, and facilitates workshops, seminars, leadership academies, and staff days. Her blog is published by Demco and is entitled Library Advice: That’s a Great Question! She is also the editor of “By the Book,” a professional book review column in Public Libraries magazine. She is the owner of Libraries Thrive Consulting (

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