CHICAGO— An MLIS can provide the skills you need to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, “Making the Most of Your Library Career,” published by ALA Editions, is filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career. Editors Lois Stickell and Bridgette Sanders have gathered career librarians from every corner of the profession to offer a personal, down-to-earth view of "what it's really like out there." This book addresses important topics like:
- how to work and adapt at a new organization;
- what management expects and how to view everyday activities from that point of view;
- how to make suggestions for change;
- navigating the cyclical nature of a librarian's work year;
- the rewards and challenges of professional organizations;
- why a library degree is valuable outside a traditional library setting.
Stickell is the history and government documents librarian at J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She contributed a chapter about grants to “The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times,” edited by Carol Smallwood, and has also written about a South Carolina slave revolt. Partnering with Sanders, she received a grant to research student activism in the 1960s.
Sanders is the social sciences librarian at J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her areas of interest are Africana Studies and Diversity. She has presented with Stickell at several conferences, including the Southern Historical Association’s annual conference and ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History).