- Bridges, Karl, ed. Expectations of Librarians in the 21st Century. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003.
Publisher's description: "In addition to subject area knowledge and interpersonal ability, librarians must now possess considerable technical skill. This collection of 50 essays, all written by librarians working in college, university, and public libraries, elucidates the many facets of modern librarianship, as well as the personal and professional characteristics and skills expected of today's librarians. Topics include: Required knowledge and attitudes ; Interviewing techniques ; The role of technology ; Interpersonal relationships ; The need for business and management skills ; and more. The short essays are written mostly in an informal style that combines library philosophy and practical advice."
- Broderick, John. "A Comedy of Errors." Chronicle Careers column, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2004. http://chronicle.com/article/A-Comedy-of-Errors/44577/ .
John Broderick, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Old Dominion University, discusses how typos and spelling errors among one's cover letter and résumé can quickly neutralize an otherwise good application.
- Gordon, Rachel Singer. The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today: 2006.
Publisher's description: "The book focuses on how NextGens can move their careers forward and positively impact the profession. Library career guru Rachel Singer Gordon—herself a NextGen librarian—provides timely advice along with tips and insights from dozens of librarians on issues ranging from image and stereotypes, to surviving library school and entry-level positions, to working with older colleagues. A special section for current library administrators and managers makes this a must-read not only for NextGen librarians, but for those who recruit, work with, and mentor them."
- Newlen, Robert. "Getting Started: The First Step to a Job-Winning Resume." In Writing Resumes That Work: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians, 1-22. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1998.
This particular chapter is geared toward recent library school graduates who are preparing their first professional résumé. The author includes step-by-step exercises and several different worksheets.
- Stormes, Sheridan, and Gordon Theil. "Job Hunt Rhetoric: The Conversation Behind the Successful Search." In Careers in Music Librarianship II: Traditions and Transitions, eds. Paula Elliot and Linda Blair, 53-70. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, 2004.
Stormes and Theil provide essential information for those currently looking for positions in music librarianship. In addition to analyzing recent job postings and descriptions, they offer helpful advice for preparing job application materials.