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Resources for the Mid-Career Librarian
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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, Head of Cataloging 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 (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.

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. “Looking for a Job.”

This webpage from the “Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki” contains links to online job search resources, blogs and websites to watch, posts and articles to read, as well as general tips for job seekers.

McTyre, Ruthann. “Change: How a ‘Veteran’ Music Librarian Keeps Up.” Music Reference Services Quarterly 10, no. 3-4 (2006): 33-41.

Originally given as informal presentation at the Midwest Chapter Meeting of the Music Library Association in 2006, this article examines how mid-career librarians handle continuous change.

Wade, Linda Burkey and Carol Smallwood. Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2013.

This collection of essays contains practical information on dealing with difficulty co-workers, dealing with stress, and navigating career changes. Of particular interest are the chapters “Stuck in Security: The Mid-Career Frustrations of the Tenured Academic Librarian” and “No Time Like the Present: Proactive Retirement Planning.”