|Information Today, Inc. has announced the publication of The Information
Professional's Guide to Career Development Online, by Sarah L. Nesbeitt
and Rachel Singer Gordon. According to the announcement, this is the first
comprehensive handbook for Internet-connected librarians who are interested
in using online tools to build their skills and advance their careers.
Nesbeitt and Gordon, both experienced librarians, operate Web sites
that focus on employment opportunities for information professionals. They
said their experience in running these sites inspired them to write the
book, which offers advice on topics ranging from current awareness services
and personal Web pages to distance education, electronic resumes, and online
job searches. The book's exhaustive coverage is designed to help up-and-coming
librarians use the Net to research educational and networking opportunities,
and to help experienced information professionals find new ways to keep
"This is a thorough why-to and how-to book, showing librarians how to
use the Web for professional training, networking, job hunting, and becoming
known in the library community," said Marylaine Block, founder of ExLibris,
a Web site for library professionals.
The book features 13 chapters organized in four broad topical sections:
"Learning and Growing Online," "Professional Involvement," "Education,"
and "Employment." Included are chapters on getting connected, networking
with peers, using current awareness services, participating in conferences,
building compelling Web sites, finding education and training, applying
for scholarships, creating electronic resumes, researching employment opportunities,
and more. Also provided are extensive, annotated listings of useful Web
sites, discussiongroups, professional organizations and conferences, publishing
outlets, and other resources for information professionals—all accessible
via the Internet.
As a reader bonus, the book is supported by the Career Development Online
Web site, which features updated links to Internet resources recommended
by the authors.
Nesbeitt is reference/systems librarian at Bridgewater State College's
Maxwell Library in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and the North American editor
for the library journal Reference Reviews. Since 1995 she has compiled
"Library Job Postings on the Internet," a Web-based guide for librarians
seeking employment. Gordon was computer services head at the Franklin Park
Public Library in Franklin Park, Illinois, until 2001, when she left to
pursue a full-time career as a writer, editor, and Webmaster. She is the
founding editor of Info Career Trends, an electronic newsletter that focuses
on career-development professionals, and runs the Lisjobs.com Web site.
Source: Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 800/300-9868, 609/654-6266;