Nurturing Social Capital For Career Success
August 17th, 2015
These are perfect days for introspection and focused
career planning. We can take advantage of the brief lull before a busy autumn, inside or outside the classroom or workplace.
In that spirit, librarians and other information professionals (current, in-transition and aspiring) will find the new book by Ulla de Stricker, Information Professionals’ Career Confidential: Straight Talk and Savvy Tips, to be particularly useful. The Toronto-based de Stricker is one of the best-known names in the information field, and has recently been in the limelight as one of two change agents tasked with helping SLA navigating its future. The book is also a terrific complement to Knowledge Management Practice in Organizations: The View from Inside; which I wrote about last year.
With many actionable tips, de Stricker presents no-nonsense (yet empathetic) information on how to remain or become a valued information professional. It’s a lean work, in the best sense: informative with no time/space-wasting fillers. She also places considerable responsibility on the reader to use this information for ongoing self-development, and to give back to others (people, institutions and your profession) by mentoring, networking, volunteering and related forms of social capital.