Recovery, Reframing, and Renewal

Surviving an Information Science Career Crisis in a Time of Change


  • Oliver Cutshaw, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA

This book examines the difficulties confronting information professionals who, due to financial downturns, technological change, or personal crises, are forced to re-evaluate their career options. It is divided between a case study (based on the author’s own experiences) of career dislocation and eventual career renewal, and several sections that offer pragmatic advice on how to recover from job loss, conduct a skills assessment and develop a practical job search strategy. The author, with honesty, confronts the serious and sometimes troubling psychological and professional consequences of layoffs and job burnout. This book presents an overall positive outlook on personal growth and the opportunities our new information environment holds.
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Information professionals who are anticipating career change or who have experienced a career downturn


Book information

  • Published: March 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-632-6


Every librarian should read this optimistic, practical, honest and insightful, easy-to-read, and highly relevant guide., Australian Library Journal

Table of Contents

Introduction to the parameters of career renewal; Career recovery: A case study of my personal job search; No job, no way: Librarians are often unprepared for voluntary and involuntary career changes; First you grieve: Job loss, job stagnation, and job burnout in an age of transition; Re-envisioning your career: A new look at yourself and your skills; Reframing your skills and search strategies: Preparing for the job search and looking at your professional goals with a fresh and realistic approach; New résumé, new interview skills, but the road can still be bumpy: Preparing for the job search and practicing the survival skills needed for success; You got your job! Hurray! But now what? How can our professional organizations and graduate schools build a better professional support system? Conclusions: Recovery, reframing, and renewal are a matter of interpretation.