A six-step plan for avoiding an unplanned career

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/30/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — 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, in “Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work,” published by ALA Editions, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk offers up a workbook-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. 

Hakala-Ausperk is a 31-year public library veteran with experience in everything from customer service to management and administration, and is also the author of “Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success” and ”Build a Great Team: One Year to Success.” She is editor of “By the Book,” a professional book review column in Public Libraries magazine. An adjunct faculty member at Kent (Ohio) State University’s School of Library and Information Science, 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. She is the owner of Libraries Thrive Consulting.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.