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The New Professional's Toolkit

May 2012 | 192pp

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The New Professional's Toolkit

Bethan Ruddock

This practical toolkit will be your guide towards career success and fulfilment as you make your way in the information sector. 
 
Each chapter captures the expert advice of rising stars in the profession and across sectors, interweaving case studies that illustrate how to thrive in the information sector, take control of your professional development and get to grips with every area of information work. A companion website provides further information, resources and links.
 
Comprehensive coverage includes:
  • adapting to your new environment and assessing and developing your skills
  • getting involved in professional networks and promoting yourself
  • project planning and management
  • meeting your users needs and measuring success
  • using online and social media tools
  • marketing your service
  • developing technical skills
  • information ethics and IP
  • working with stakeholders
  • how to generate funding for your service
  • writing and speaking, conferences and professional organisations
  • further qualifications, mentoring and moving on.   
Readership: This is the ultimate resource for all new professionals across the information disciplines, and internationally, whether in archives, academic, public or special libraries. It’s also an ideal introduction to information work for LIS students who want to be prepared for the world of work.

1. Project management
  • Introduction
  • What is a project?
  • Finding project work
  • Methodologies and tools
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
2. Teaching, training and communicating
  • Introduction
  • Effective communication
  • Teaching and training
  • Further qualifications
  • Getting your users involved with learning
  • Presenting to professional peers
  • Writing
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
3. Meeting your users’ needs and measuring success
  • Introduction
  • Evaluating users’ needs 
  • Encouraging user participation
  • Tools
  • Using your figures 
  • Measuring success internally
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
4. Marketing your service and engaging stakeholders
  • Introduction
  • What is marketing?
  • Plan your marketing
  • Quick-response marketing
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
5. Using technologies
  • Introduction
  • Technology for the non-technical 
  • Introduction to digital preservation
  • Repositories 
  • Conclusion 
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
6. Getting and staying online
  • Introduction
  • Creating effective descriptions of archive collections for an online environment 
  • Social media
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
7. Generating funding and doing more with less
  • Introduction
  • Demonstrating value 
  • Finding more funding
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
8. Managing money, budgets and negotiating
  • Introduction
  • Budgets
  • Negotiating 
  • Conclusion 
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
9. Information ethics and copyright
  • Introduction
  • Information ethics
  • Copyright
  • Conclusion 
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
10. Upskilling and professional development
  • Introduction
  • Bodies of Professional Knowledge
  • Training and development 
  • Mentoring
  • Conclusion 
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
11. Networking and promoting yourself 
  • Introduction
  • Branding and marketing yourself
  • Networking
  • Supporting yourself 
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
12. Professional involvement and career development
  • Introduction
  • Conferences 
  • Unconferences 
  • Professional involvement
  • Career development and planning
  • How did we get here? 
  • Conclusion
  • References and further reading
  • Over to you  
13. Conclusion 
  • Appendix: Budgeting example spreadsheet

"The book has a fantastic companion website complete with additional resources, contributor profiles, case studies, and a “my first month” series written by new librarians. The first chapter on project management, which I found to be an interesting and refreshing choice for the beginning of the text, is completely available online. I think this text is ideal for students and new professionals alike and, whether you want to work on developing a stellar conference presentation or building your professional brand, everyone is bound to learn something."
- Hack Library School

"The idea of a new librarian’s toolkit that is first and foremost about how to manage effectively rather than ‘how to do library stuff’ is timely and extremely welcome. The need to step outside the profession to borrow from and integrate best practice and ideas from other disciplines such as project management, marketing and I.T. is essential – even for new professionals - and Ruddock clearly recognises this. However most importantly perhaps given its target audience, The New Professionals Toolkit doesn’t drag you down a side-path of digressive background-reading, but instead makes you want to actually get on with the job."
- Libfocus

"...an accessible entry point for librarians, archivists, and other new information professionals to begin engaging with important aspects of the profession that are vital to career development, job growth, and professional fulfilment."
- Endnotes

"Would I recommend this text? Yes, because of its stimulating approach, common sense and good examples. The sources listed will certainly provide a good platform for further enquiry and the ideas for development will greatly assist a newly-fledged professional. I would also recommend it to more seasoned practitioners as a means of reviving interest or for getting back into the profession after some time away...Bethan Ruddock is to be congratulated on a fine piece of work that should continue to have influence for a long period."
- Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

Bethan Ruddock is Content Development Officer at Mimas and works to expand the coverage of Copac and the Archives Hub. At the Archives Hub she also teaches archive student and practitioners about XML, Encoded Archival Description, and the Archives Hub EAD Editor. She won the SLA Rising Star award in 2010 and is regularly involved in New Professionals activities including the LISNPN network.