Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 3 — March 2002
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ITI Publishes The Information Professional's Guide to Career Development Online

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 current.

"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 Web site.

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