Tiffany Allen, SILS Alumna, Co-Authors Book on Managing a Successful Career

September 3, 2013

Book Cover - Managing a Successful CareerA Librarian's Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career written by Tiffany Eatman Allen (MSLS '00), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science alumna and director of Library Human Resources at University Libraries on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus, and Susanne Markgren, digital services librarian, Purchase College, SUNY is now available for pre-release. Information Today, Inc. for publication in Fall 2013.

The authors collaborated on the book that presents a compilation of advice points and tips provided to those who interacted with them via their popular advice column, "Career Q&A With the Library Career People," which they've operated for more than ten years.  

"The book came about for a number of reasons," said Allen. "First, we thought it was something that needed to be written—a book that covers different stages of a librarian’s career, not just focused on getting into the profession, or just being middle management, etc. It’s intended to cover the lifetime of a career in libraries.  Second, we were just coming up to the 10th year of writing the Career Column together where, over the years, we’ve been asked lots of questions and given out lots of information. We thought the book would be a nice way to celebrate that milestone as well as bring together a lot of the information we’ve shared over the last decade."

One of the features of the book is the "Voice of Experience" areas where people share their specific experiences about managing a career. Several from the SILS community, including students and alumni, have contributed their experiences in the "Voice of Experience" sections. Contributions from SILS alumni Rich Murray (MSLS '99), Billy Cook (MSLS '12), Pam Sessoms (MSLS '94) and Sarah Falls (MSLS '05) are included in the book. Others with a North Carolina connection include Jennifer Ward, formerly of the UNC at Chapel Hill University Libraries; Carol Hunter, deputy university librarian and associate university librarian for Collections and Services; Laura Blessing, director of Human Resources, North Carolina State University Libraries

The foreword author is Dr. Loriene Roy, with quotes from: Kim Dority, Maureen Sullivan, Lauren Pressley, Janine Golden and Jason Kucsma on the back of the book. 

"From searching for that first library job to getting ready for retirement, Career Q&A addresses the key LIS career issues you're likely to face, and does so in Markgren and Allen's signature style: realistic, honest, funny and smart. I can't wait to recommend this book to my students."

                                       —Kim Dority, Rethinking Information Work and LIS Career Sourcebook

"Librarianship is an exciting and rewarding career choice that offers variety, diversity, flexibility and room to grow. In Career Q&A, Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen examine events, transitions, struggles, and advances that encompass and define a librarian's career, answering a range of important questions library professionals face as they move through the various stages of their working lives."

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