Venturing outside

Broadening our scope of work


There are jobs outside the traditional settings in public, academic, and special libraries–we just have to find them. The chapter shows how information professionals’ skills are a perfect match to the requirements stated in many job postings for managerial or client relations positions and illustrates how an applicant might present that skills match. The option of setting up an independent business is briefly described.


Non-traditional information jobs

Matching skills to requirements

Cover letters

Work experience

Freelance work


I often point out that “career planning” may be a contradiction in terms, given how many of us can tell the story of falling into a particular ...

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