For immediate release | November 29, 2011

Tips for what to do before (and after) retirement

CHICAGO — Retirement holds many questions for librarians, and it’s never too soon (or too late) to start asking them. Published by ALA Editions, “Pre- and Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians” offers insight, inspiration and tips for those already retired as well as those thinking about retiring. In this book, edited by Carol Smallwood, a raft of veteran librarians, financial advisors and other experts address:

  • Planning for retirement, and how to leave things in good shape for those continuing your work;
  • The pros and cons of taking early retirement, including financial considerations;
  • How to stay connected to the profession after leaving the job by engaging in part-time work and through professional related activities;
  • Second careers, community volunteering, travel, staying healthy, budgeting and other post-retirement activities and concerns.

This book is an ideal holiday gift for those on your list who are retired or thinking about retirement.

Smallwood is the author or editor of numerous books, including the ALA Editions books “The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times,” “Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook,” “Library Management Tips that Work” and “Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook.” Her work has also appeared in periodicals such as The Writer’s Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, The Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal and Michigan Feminist Studies. Her novel, “Lily's Odyssey,” appeared in 2010; she co-edited the anthology “Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages” (2009); and she has a short story in “Best New Writing 2010.” A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public and special libraries and has served as a library consultant.

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