How to sustain an ongoing, self-directed career growth plan

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/06/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — If the proverbial career ladder feels more like a treadmill, it’s time for a different approach. Besides, who wants to climb a ladder anyway? Wouldn’t you rather learn how to explore, grow, and gain new skills that will lead you to new opportunities? “Be Opportunity-Minded: Start Growing Your Career Now,” published by ALA Editions, is your new toolbox. Author Caitlin Williams is a career coach who’s been advising library workers and other professionals for more than 25 years. Alongside plenty of encouragement to help you cultivate a positive mindset, her book offers techniques for self-reflection and concrete strategies that will ensure you keep growing regardless of where you are in your career. Teaching you how to recognize opportunities for growth and then leverage them, this resource:

  • looks beyond traditional moves into management positions to emphasize alternative career growth options;
  • discusses trends in librarianship and how they should guide your own growth plan;
  • includes inspiring interviews from a wide range of library professionals who have successfully jumpstarted their careers by seizing opportunities; and
  • features worksheets that will guide you as you take action, using a combination of exercises, a customizable timetable, and other related tools.

An author, speaker and professional development consultant, Williams, Ph.D. has spent the last 30 years working in the field of career development through writing, speaking, coaching and teaching. Now retired from teaching at San Jose State University, she has had the honor of conducting career coaching for ALA attendees at its twice-yearly conferences since 2000 and has also presented and contributed numerous articles and podcasts to ALA. She is the co-author of two previous books on career and workplace topics.

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