1st Edition

Career Paths and Career Development of Business Librarians

Edited By Diane Zabel Copyright 2009

    Contributors provide insights about business librarianship in various types of institutions, explore traditional and non-traditional career paths in business librarianship, and discuss numerous strategies for professional growth (from earning an MBA degree to working abroad). Among the topics covered are the following: recruitment of business librarians (including recent data on the supply and demand of business librarians); the special concerns of early career and mid-career business librarians; the importance of mentoring; leadership development; and business librarians on the job in academic, public, and corporate libraries. This book will appeal to a wide audience: practitioners; directors of public, academic, and special libraries serving the business community; library and information science educators; and those considering business librarianship as a career, including students, generalist librarians, and individuals seeking a career change.

    This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship.

    1. Foreword  Diane Zabel

    2. Demand and Supply of Business Information Professionals: A Study of the Market from 2001-2005  Lisa O’Connor and Stacey Marien

    3. Growing Our Own: Mentoring Undergraduate Students  Doreen Harwood and Charlene McCormack

    4. The Orientation and Training of New Librarians for Business Information  Ryan Womack

    5. Early Career Librarianship in the Business Library  Gene Hayworth

    6. Development of Mid-Career Librarians  Cory Tucker

    7. Growing Your Own Leaders: Succession Planning in Libraries  Judith M. Nixon

    8. Reframing Leadership: The ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians  Sally W. Kalin

    9. The UCLA Senior Fellows Program  Juliet Rumble and Bonnie MacEwan

    10. Transition from Staff to Faculty in an Academic Library  Cheryl McCallips

    11. Transitions to Academic Libraries for Business Librarians and Librarians’ Response to Adjunct Teaching  Christopher LeBeau

    12. Taking Business (Librarianship) Public  Mark E. Andersen

    13. Transitioning to Corporate Librarianship  Emily Rimland and Glenn Masuchika

    14. Successful Mentoring Programs: Examples from Within and Without the Academy  Bonnie A. Osif

    15. The Mentoring Role of Professional Associations  Diane Zabel

    16. Keeping Up With Business Reference  Celia Ross

    17. Networking Strategies for Business and Economics Librarians  Bobray Bordelon

    18. Burnout Strategies for Librarians  Kevin Harwell

    19. The Career Choices of Business Librarians: A Survey and Discussion  Todd M. Hines and Amia L. Baker

    20. The MBA and Academic Business Librarians: More than Graduate Education for Subject Specialists  Glenn S. McGuigan

    21. The Value of International Experience  David A. Flynn


    Diane Zabel is The Louis and Virginia Benzak Business Librarian (and endowed position) at the Schreyer Business Library at Penn State University’s University Park campus. Ms. Zabel is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA). Ms. Zabel is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Academic Librarianship. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship. She served on the Editorial Board of the Publications in Librarianship series, a monographic series published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, for the period 2001-2008.