Resources for the Mid-Career Librarian
- 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.
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.
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
- Edmonson, Emily. "Checking Out Her Options." Chronicle Careers column, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2004. Available at http://http://chronicle.com/article/Checking-Out-Her-Options/44735/ .
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.
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.
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.
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.