- 23rd May 2012
- 233mm x 156mm x 15mm
The New Professional's Toolkit
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.
"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
"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."
"...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."