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The New Professional’s Toolkit
Bethan Ruddock
Item Number: 978-1-85604-768-5
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $95.00
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192 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-768-5
Year Published: 2012

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It has never been a more exciting time to be a new professional in the information field. This practical book will guide you to success as you begin your career in this rapidly growing sector. Full of advice from rising stars in the information profession, as well as numerous examples, it will give you the tools you need to thrive in libraries and information organizations. Topics include:

  • Adapting to your new environment and assessing and developing your skills
  • Getting involved in professional networks and promoting yourself
  • Project planning and management
  • Meeting your users’ needs and measuring success
  • Using online and social media tools
  • Marketing your service
  • Developing technical skills
  • Information ethics and IP
  • Working with stakeholders
  • How to generate funding for your service
  • Writing and speaking, conferences and professional organizations
  • Further qualifications, mentoring, and moving on

This is the ultimate resource for all new professionals across the information disciplines, and internationally, whether in archives, academic, public or special libraries. It’s also an ideal introduction to information work for LIS students who want to be prepared for the world of work.

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About the Author

Bethan Ruddock is Content Development Officer, Library and Archival Services at Mimas, the University of Manchester, UK. Previously she was at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester. She is Co-Chair of the Early Career Committee and Chair of the Awards Committee at SLA Europe, and a member of Voices for the Library, a public library advocacy group.


"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

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