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The New Professional's Toolkit


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 2. Teaching, training and communicating 3. Meeting your users' needs and measuring success 4. Marketing your service and engaging stakeholders 5. Using technologies 6. Getting and staying online 7. Generating funding and doing more with less 8. Managing money, budgets and negotiating 9. Information ethics and copyright 10. Upskilling and professional development 11. Networking and promoting yourself 12. Professional involvement and career development.

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.

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