Creating your career: Minding the gap

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Peter Fritzler, Sciences Librarian (Creator)
Anne Pemberton, Associate Director, Research and Instructional Services and Library Assessment (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: The phrase “Mind the gap” can apply to the gap between your current experience and skills and those you'll need in the next position you aspire to in your library career. J. Michael Pemberton explains that minding--and closing--the gap is met primarily through your goals and objectives. To determine what you need to do to meet your career mission, you should develop a gap analysis to make your plan specific. Begin to think of yourself as chief of strategic planning for “You, Inc.,” and act accordingly. Often in librarianship, unforeseen and unplanned career opportunities arise. This presents a unique challenge in “minding the gap.” Two librarians who were hired into new positions that were not part of their strategic plan discuss how they “minded the gap” and made successful transitions into positions that unexpectedly came along.

Additional Information

Pemberton, J. M., Fritzler, P., & Pemberton, A. E. (July 2006). Creating your career: Minding the gap. Info Career Trends, 7 (4). Retrieved from
Language: English
Date: 2008
Career development, Library science--Vocational guidance
Library science--Vocational guidance
Career development

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