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LIS Careers
A Librarian's Guide
to an Uncertain Job Market

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During these tough economic times,
more people are relying on libraries
than ever before, even as library
funding is being slashed or eliminated

The hard truth is that many seasoned
librarians are losing their jobs, and
many recent LIS graduates are having a
hard time finding one. Being un-
employed is potentially devastating;
without a clear, well-thought out game
plan and considerable attention to their
own personal well-being, those
affected may find it difficult to recover.

In this ALA Editions Special Report,
Woodward, a veteran librarian with
decades of experience, helps at-risk

  • Prepare for budget crunches by
    showing them how to develop
    versatile skills and plan ahead for
    potential changes in employment

  • Educate themselves about which
    library positions are being phased
    out and which will hold steady or

  • Adjust their career goals,
    repurpose their existing skills for
    non-traditional librarianship, and
    even search for work in non-
    library settings

This Special Report provides the
compassionate guidance and pragmatic
support that librarians will need to
survive possible career crises and
reenter the job market with renewed
f     Read a selection at ALA Editions

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Employment Prospects for
     LIS  Professionals
Chapter 2: Hoping for the Best:
    Your Present Job
Chapter 3: Preparing for the Worst:
    Sensible Precautions for
    Unsettled Times
Chapter 4: When the Axe Falls: First Aid
    for Dealing with Sudden Job
Chapter 5: Step by Step: A Job Hunting
Chapter 6: Changing Directions: When  
    It’s Time to Move On
Chapter 7: First Impressions:
    Applications that Make
   the Cut
Chapter 8: Composing the Well
   Tempered Résumé
Chapter 9: Surviving and Triumphing:
    Secrets of Successful
When you’re 50 or 60 years old, the job market
is a combat zone, no matter what your skills or
experience. Battle-scarred veterans report
that they’re passed over time and again for
jobs which they are eminently qualified for.
Successful applicants, often with fewer skills
and almost always with far less experience, do
seem to have one significant thing in common–
they are younger, sometimes painfully younger.
There was a time, not that long ago, when you
automatically retired at 60 or 65, presuming
you actually lived that long. Today, many
seniors are still going strong at 60, 70, even 80
and don’t intend to retire. Or they’ve tried the
beach hut or snow cottage and found
them…BORING. Increasingly, many such
seniors are choosing new careers, ones that
fit their particular strengths.

Finding a Job After 50 is a “guerilla guide” that
gives you the powerful tools you need to
substitute real satisfaction for the rat race.
Getting the job you want may be a battle, so you
have to approach it as such, equipping yourself
with the right weapons to succeed in today’s
job market. Your arsenal better be well
stocked before you enter the fray.

You are probably healthier, better educated,
and more experienced that any previous
generation at the same age. You may be the
best man or woman for the job. But you’re
going to have to prove it. To do so, you must
know what (and who) you’re up against and
how to beat it (them)! This book will show you

Finding a Job After 50
Reinvent Yourself for the 21st Century
Author: Jeannette Woodward
ISBN: 1-56414-894-7
192 pages, 6 x 9, Paper
Read an interview with the author
in  BusinessWeek