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Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians
Edited by Carol Smallwood
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1120-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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256 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1120-4
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, Z

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Retirement holds many questions for librarians. Smallwood’s volume offers insight, inspiration, and tips for those already retired as well as those thinking about retiring. A raft of veteran librarians, financial advisors, and other experts address
  • Planning for retirement, and how to leave things in good shape for those continuing your work
  • The pros and cons of taking early retirement, including financial considerations
  • How to stay connected to the profession after leaving the job by engaging in part-time work and through professional related activities
  • Second careers, community volunteering, travel, staying healthy, budgeting, and other post-retirement activities and concerns
This book helps librarians navigate a smooth passage into retirement.
Table of Contents


Part I: Before Retiring
1. Exploring Your Retirement Options
Linda Burkey Wade
2. Four Steps to a Better Retirement
Brett Hammond
3. How to Retire Graciously
Susan Carol Curzon
4. Social Security for Pre-Retirees: Basic Elements and Helpful Tips
Donald G. Frank

Part II: Finances in Retirement
5. Your Income in Retirement: Steps to a Solid Spending Plan
Maria A. Bruno, CFP®
6. Investment Strategies for Fiscally Challenged Librarians
James B. Casey
7. Learning to Be Frugal: Finding the Best Deals to Maintain an Active Lifestyle
Rose Parkman Marshall
8. Maintaining, Repairing, and Protecting Your Credit after Retirement
Jennifer Boxen

Part III: Exploring New Roads
9. Following Your Passion: A Dream Deferred
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
10. Going Back to School
Louise F. Benke
11. Participating in Oral Histories or Donating Papers to Archives
Dorothea J. Coiffe

Part IV: Working after Retiring
12. Choosing to Go Back to Work
Sharon Nottingham
13. Collecting and Selling on Ebay: A Great Career for Retired Librarians
Jennifer Tang
14. Working Part-Time after Retirement
Rita Marsales

Part V: Volunteering after Retirement
15. “I Thought You Retired!”: Volunteering in Your Library
Mary Redmond
16. Volunteering in Retirement
Renee B. Bush
17. My Experience Volunteering with VSO in Ethiopia
Shirley Lewis

Part VI: Health
18. Seven Lessons for Adjusting to Retirement
Janet Husband
19. What About Health Insurance in Retirement?
Sandra Cortese

Part VII: Financial Planning
20. The Logistics of Downsizing
Patricia H. Atwood
21. Mediation as a Tool in Legacies and Financial Planning: A Play in Three Acts
Carolyn J. Rodis and Steven Henick
22. The Single Biggest Money Mistake Retirees Make
Brian Fricke, CFP®

Part VIII: Location after Retirement
23. On the Move—Relocating When You Retire
Susan Montgomery
24. Finding the Perfect Place to Retire
Jeanne Munn Bracken


About the Editor

Carol Smallwood received her MLS from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the author or editor of numerous books for Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House Publications, Peter Lang, and others. Some other credits include The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal, and Michigan Feminist Studies. Her novel, Lily's Odyssey, appeared in 2010; she coedited the anthology Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (2009), and she has a short story in Best New Writing 2010. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public, and special libraries and has served as a library consultant. She is also the author of Compartments, a new volume of poetry.
Praise for Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians

"This is the book I wish I had read before I retired. It packs a wide diversity of information and insights about every aspect of retirement and is doubly valuable because it is focused on librarians. I recommend it highly."
---Will Manley, American Libraries columnist

Pre-and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians could not have come out at a better time as a one stop toolkit for baby boomer librarians considering the big leap into retirement. Beyond the practical advice on finances, relocation, and health, adventuresome librarians will especially appreciate the three sections on new adventures in retirement.”
---Dr. Robert P. Holley, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

“How many years did it take for you to prepare for your career in librarianship? This book puts you on notice to take as much thoughtful planning time thinking about your next "career" as a retiree. Check it out!”
----Professor David V. Loertscher, SLIS, San Jose State University, writer and publisher, and a past president of AASL

“At last, a retirement guide exclusively for librarians.”
---Nancy Kalikow Maxwell, author, Sacred Stacks: The Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship

“Whether retirement is an immediate issue or a distant dream, it pays to prepare. Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians provides valuable information on finances, professional development, and personal lifestyle that will inspire librarians in all stages of their careers.”
---Lisa Fraser, Adult Services Librarian, King County Library System, Bellevue, Washington; contributor, The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times

“Retired? Almost retired? Thinking about retiring? In Pre-and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians, over two dozen librarians and retirement experts ‘tell it like it is’ to help readers make the best choices for their new and future lives.”
---Aline Soules, Library Faculty, California State University, East Bay; Author, "The Balance of Authority and Responsibility in Middle Management," in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries

"At a time when many have given up the idea of retirement as an unattainable goal, Pre-and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians provides timely, nuanced guidance about information professional career transitions. Packed full of useful tips about planning and enjoying a satisfying retirement, this book is a great resource for those beginning their career or well into it."
---Michael A. Germano, business librarian, California State University, Los Angeles; editorial board member, The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances

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