Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles. How to Thrive as a Library Professional: Achieving Success and Satisfaction. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2020. 134p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-6711-8). LC 2019031263.

Kristen Cardoso


Everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive at work and throughout our careers. In these lean economic times, many of us in the library field are struggling to find and keep positions, to remain optimistic about the future of the profession and our place within it, and to stem the tide of burnout. We cannot control our circumstances, yet there are steps we can take to better situate ourselves for professional success and fulfillment. Reading and engaging with the exercises in How to Thrive as a Library Professional: Achieving Success and Satisfaction can help you develop the mindset of a reflective practitioner with a sense of ownership over your professional path. The authors, Susanne Markgren and Linda Miles, have more than 30 years of combined experience in academic libraries and professional associations, and both have written and presented previously on career guidance topics. Together, they have constructed a slim but impactful volume that can be returned to again and again as we navigate and try to move forward in our professional lives.

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