The call for chapters is now open for The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit: Finding Success on the Job Hunt and in Your First Job. The book will be edited by Megan Hodge and published by ACRL Press. The book will collect practical strategies on landing a first academic librarian position and building and enhancing one’s professional reputation.
Proposals are sought for two types of chapters:1. Practical, prescriptive strategies for the following topics (6,000-10,000 words):
- Making yourself marketable before and during the job search: obtaining relevant experience, publishing, and getting involved professionally as a student or other non-professional
- Troubleshooting the job search: overcoming barriers such as geographic immobility; transitioning from paraprofessional, non-library, or non-academic work; and learning from rejections
- Advocating for your ideas: wielding influence in positions without authority and gaining administrative buy-in for ideas
- Networking and conferences: saving money on conference attendance, networking as an introvert, and talking to vendors
- Getting started in scholarship: identifying gaps in the literature and motivational strategies for overcoming writer’s block, finding CFPs, and turning presentations into publications
2. Overviews of positions in the following areas, including necessary skills/credentials and day-in-the-life scenarios (1000-2000 words):
- Scholarly communications
- Special collections/archives
- Research data management
- Resource delivery/interlibrary loan
For additional information, contact the editor, Megan Hodge.