1. Selected Guide books (in alphabetic order by author name)

Anderson, D., and Raymond Pun eds. Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 

This forthcoming new book is co-edited by CALA member Raymond Pun.  It brings together successful stories of experienced librarians who have made career transitions, such as moving from public libraries to academic and research libraries, or from librarian to other information specialists, or from paraprofessional to professional roles within the academic library world. 

Herold, Irene M.H.  Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library  Leadership Institutes.Chicago, Illinois : Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015.

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It studies 18 leadership development programs available to academic research librarians. Each program chapter explores the history, curriculum, leadership theories, and author-participant perspectives on that program.

Hollister, Christopher V. Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians. Revised Edition.Chicago, Illinois : Association of College and Research Libraries, 2013.

This reference work is prepared for the librarians that either desire or are required to publish in the professional literature. It addresses issues and requirements of scholarly writing and publishing in a start-to-finish manner.


MacKeller, Pamela H., and Stephanie K. Winning Grants: a How-to-do It Manual for Librarians with Multimedia Tutorials and Grant Development Tools. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006.

It offers librarians tips and instructions for obtaining grants, discussing the grant process, organizing a grant team, creating and submitting proposals, getting funded, and other related topics, and also contains library success stories.

Owen, Kath, and Margaret Watson eds. Building Your Portfolio:  The CILIP Guide. Third Edition. London : Facet, 2015.

It is a guide for library and information practitioners to build successful portfolio required by Professional Registration Qualifications.  With examples, useful hints and tips, personal contributions from successful applicants and other user-friendly features, this guide can help you to develop a top-notch portfolio.

Shonts, Prischilla K. The Librarian’s Career Guidebook. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2004.

63 information professionals from diverse positions, workplaces, and regions discuss a variety of career issues and offer advice to prospective librarians, M.L.S. students, and librarians in various stages of their careers, from entry-level to the highly experienced


Still, Julie M. Managing Your Brand: Career Management and Personal PR for Librarians. Waltham, MA :Chandos Publishing, 2015.


It sets out guidelines for developing career pathways, including options for career change and the exploration of community service. It provides career planning strategies that will facilitate professional development.

Stickell, Lois, and Bridgette Sanders eds. Making the Most of Your Career. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.

The volume of collected essays cover a variety of topics on building a library career. Contributors provide  useful tips on how to make every successful step  along the career path through critical assessment. This is a useful guide for library-school students and those new to working within the library field.

Weisburg, Hilda K., and Ruth Toor.New on the Job: A School Librarian's Guide to Success, Second Edition. Chicago: ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015.


It provides expert advice for new school librarians on how to thrive. It covers a wealth of practical advice from decades of experience in school library programs. The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Common Core State Standards are also thoroughly discussed.