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  • Blair, Linda. "Mid-Career Job Satisfaction: Plateaus and Passages." In Careers in Music Librarianship II: Traditions and Transitions, eds. Paula Elliot and Linda Blair, 71-81. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 2004. 

    Linda Blair, Catalog Librarian at the Eastman School of Music, discusses the factors that contribute to mid-career job satisfaction of music librarians. Topics covered include environment, people, flexibility, restructuring, and personal strategies. Includes bibliography.

  • Curran, William. "Succession: The Next Ones at Bat." College & Research Libraries 64, no. 2 (March 2003): 134-40.

    Throughout North America, more than 83,866 librarians will soon reach the age of 65 and will be taking, or plan to take, retirement. The exodus of practicing librarians will result in a severe shortage. With the departure of the older baby boomers, a serious collective loss is imminent in terms of experience and expertise because there are few experienced, trained, middle-level managers, supervisors, and administrators within the "middle" age group of librarians who could ensure appropriate succession in the libraries following such a massive retirement exodus.

  • Edmonson, Emily. "Checking Out Her Options." Chronicle Careers column, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2004. Available at http:// .

    An academic librarian shares her personal experiences with job hunting and dissatisfaction.

  • Harhai, Marilyn Kay. "Maybe It's Not Too Late to Join the Circus: Books for Midlife Career Management." Library Trends 50, no. 4 (Spring 2002): 640-651.
    Mid-career librarians looking for career management help on the bookshelf face thousands of choices. This article reviews thirteen popular career self-help books. The reviewed books cover various aspects of career management and provide information on which might be best suited for particular goals, including career change, career tune-up, and personal and professional self-evaluation. The comments reflect issues of interest to mid-career professionals.

  • Lewis, Marilyn. "The Effects of Technology on Mid-Career Librarians." Library Trends 50, no. 4 (Spring 2002): 717-25.

    This article investigates technology competency requirements in the library profession. Using the position advertisements in American Libraries in five-year increments over a twenty-year period (1970-1990), the article examines and evaluates the advertised qualifications of positions and attempts to see if mid-career librarians--especially those who have achieved their degree prior to the change in M.L.S. curriculum that currently emphasizes technology--are "effective" librarians in the present and future job market.

  • Toth, Emily. "I'm Perfect, So Why Won't Anyone Hire Me?" Chronicle Careers column, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 2002. Available here.
    "Ms. Mentor" shares words of wisdom about what may be going wrong with your mid-career job search, despite your confidence that your vita and interview skills are strong.

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