Leaving Library Services Behind: An e-Forum on (Preparing for) Retirement

Tuesday, 10/13/2015
Wednesday, 10/14/2015

The live discussion took place October 13 and 14, 2015. Read the discussion messages.

What images do you conjure up when you think of “retirement?” An AARP card? Medicare? Caribbean beaches? Continuing education? Travel? Sleeping until noon? Reading the latest best-sellers? All of the above and then some!

This e-forum will give participants—and lurkers on the list—opportunities to ask questions and share experiences to ease the transition from a career in library services to the condition of retirement.

There is a lot of talk about the “graying” of the profession but less about the kinds of things those who are graying should consider. We hope that sharing our experiences in navigating our way out of the work world and into the world of retirement will stimulate a lively discussion.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email discussion list: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums.

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!


Learning Outcomes

Ease the transition from a career in library services to the condition of retirement.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Pamela Bluh retired from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland at the end of July 2014.  She ‘resisted’ retirement for quite some time, but now finds it hard to understand how she had time to work. 

Jane Edmister Penner has worked at the University of Virginia for 27 years, most recently as Director of Content Management Services (i.e., technical services) and previously as Head of the Music Library. Professionally, she has been active in the ALA/ALCTS Directors of Technical Services at Large Research Libraries Roundtable and in the Music Library Association. She is taking advantage of UVa’s option of a two-year step-down and will retire in April 2016.




How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




Contact the e-Forum Coordinator at alcts-eforum-request@lists.ala.org with questions or concerns.