Book Review Link: Rethinking Information Work

Rethinking Information Work
By Kathleen Swantek, Research Associate, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute

“Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.”–Aristotle

This is just one of several quotes used to introduce chapters and set the tone in G. Kim Dority’s recent book, Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals (Libraries Unlimited, 2006).

If you’ve been spending some time this spring thinking about your career—or if you’ve already decided it’s time for a career shift—Rethinking Information Work is a book you’ll want to spend some quality time with. Even if you think you’ve landed the perfect job, this book is worth your time.


full bibliographic record:

Dority, G. Kim, 1950
Rethinking information work : a career guide for librarians and other information professionals / G. Kim Dority.
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
x, 222 p. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Rethinking information work — 2. Self-knowledge – your career starting point — 3. The traditional path — 4. The nontraditional path — 5. The independent path — 6. Creating your professional portfolio — 7. Growing your career — 8. Thriving on change — 9. Creating your career map — 10. Taking charge of your career.
Library science — Vocational guidance — United States.
Information science — Vocational guidance — United States.
Career development.
159158180X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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One comment:

  1. This is the best career book I’ve read. I highly recommend it to anyone considering, just starting, or reassessing a career in Libraries or Information Science (really just anyone in the field at all!). It’s well-written and very practical. Dority takes a positive view of change in the LIS world and gives her readers the tools to stay a step ahead of these changes by shaping flexible, fulfilling careers. She includes the entire spectrum of library work, including special libraries, self-employment, and traditional career paths. I’d love to hear what other people think about this book.

    Dority also does workshops. I think we should definitely consider bringing her in to the Arlis/NA 2009 Conference in Indianapolis.

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