A toolkit for new library professionals

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/20/2012


Jill Davis

Marketing Manager

ALA Editions

1-800-545-2433 ext. 5418


CHICAGO — Newcomers to the library and information field face an exciting future but also the challenge of distinguishing themselves professionally while keeping up with an ever-changing landscape. “The New Professional’s Toolkit,” published by Facet Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, is a practical guide to help new professionals in their career development as well as prepare current LIS students for the road ahead. Editor Bethan Ruddock draws together case studies from several different countries on various aspects of library and information work, bolstered by the expert advice of rising stars in the profession. Exercises, hints and tips and suggestions for further reading offer additional support, giving new professionals the tools they need to thrive in all types of libraries and information organizations. Ruddock covers numerous important topics such as:

  • Adapting to the new workplace environment and assessing and developing personal skills;
  • Getting involved in professional networks, and self-promotion and marketing;
  • Project planning and management;
  • Meeting library users’ needs and measuring success;
  • Using online and social media tools;
  • Developing technical skills;
  • Information ethics;
  • Working with stakeholders;
  • Funding and other financial considerations;
  • Writing and speaking, conferences and professional organizations;
  • Further qualifications, mentoring and moving on.

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.

Founded in 1976 by Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal, Neal-Schuman Publishers, now an imprint of ALA Publishing, publishes professional books for librarians, archivists, and knowledge managers. Neal-Schuman purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.