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Are you an Information Science student looking to find out more about professional development or joining professional associations within your field? Whether it is out of personal interest or for research purposes, Dewey has a variety of sources available on the subject.

Two key pieces of professionalism are joining professional organizations, and working on professional development. Often, by joining professional associations such as the American Library Association or the Society of American Archivists, you get new access to professional development such as webinars and conferences. Continuing education is particularly significant to information professionals as the field is ever-changing both in terms of the technologies we use and the actual roles we occupy and services we provide. Professional associations are one way to discover new opportunities both through the assistance they provide and just by belonging to a network of other professionals within your field.

Organizations at UAlbany

It's never too early to get active in professional associations, and with a variety of opportunities available through the University, why wait? Two prominent student groups at UAlbany are ASIS&T and ISSA. The UAlbany Student Chapter of ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology) is part of the international professional association that covers the entire scope of the information sciences, with an emphasis on information technology. ISSA (Information Science Student Association) is run by three Co-Presidents, each a President of the UAlbany Student Chapters of the American Library Association, the New York Library Association, and the Society of American Archivists. You can refer to each association's webpage for meeting and event info, and to learn more about professional development each offers.

Helpful Links


Books and eBooks Available at Dewey

  • Crowley, W.A. (Ed.). (2012). Defending professionalism: A resource for librarians, information specialists, knowledge managers, and archivists. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
    Dewey Library / Z 716.4 D43 2012
  • De Stricker, U. (2015). Information professionals' career confidential: Straight talk and savvy tips. Waltham, MA: Chandos Publishing.
    Dewey Library / HD30.2 .D472 2015
  • De Stricker, U., & Hurst, J.A. (2011). The information and knowledge professional's career handbook: Define and create your success. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.
    Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 D47X 2011
  • Hicks, D. (2014). Technology and identity of librarians: The making of the cybrarian. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
    Dewey Library / Oversized *: Z682.35.T43 H53 2014
  • Hirsh, S. (Ed.). (2015). Information services today: An introduction. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    Online / Z678 .I515 2015
  • Fourie, D.K., & Loe, N.E. (2016). Libraries in the information age: An introduction and career exploration. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
    Online / Z665 .F74 2016
  • McKnight, M. (2010). The agile librarian's guide to thriving in any institution. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
    Online / Z682.35.V62 M37 2010
  • Still, J.M. (2015). Managing your brand: Career management and personal PR for librarians. Amsterdam: Chandos Publishing.
    Dewey Library / Z682.35.V62 S755 2015

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Information Studies, at (518)-442-3590 or - or stop by during her office hours, held on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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