About the Author: The NextGen Librarian's Survival Guide

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Rachel Singer Gordon is Consulting Editor, Information Today, Inc., Book Publishing Division, and the former Head of Computer Services at the Franklin Park (Illinois) Public Library. She brings ten years of public library experience to her current career as a writer, speaker, and editor in the library field. Since 1996, Rachel has maintained LISjobs.com, one of the largest and longest-running web sites devoted to library careers. She publishes Info Career Trends, a free, bimonthly electronic newsletter on career development issues for librarians, and, with Sarah Johnson, maintains "Beyond the Job," a professional development Weblog for information professionals.

Rachel contributes regularly to the library literature; her work has appeared in publications from American Libraries to FreePint to LIBRES. Her monthly columns include "Computer Media" for Library Journal, "Tech Tips for Every Librarian" for Computers in Libraries (with Michael Stephens) and "Publish, Don't Perish" for Emerald's Library Link, and she is a frequent contributor to LJ's "NextGen" column.

Rachel writes and presents widely on career development issues for librarians. Her published work includes The Accidental Systems Librarian (ITI, 2003), The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication (Scarecrow, 2004), and The Accidental Library Manager (ITI, 2005). She holds an MLIS from Dominican University and an MA from Northwestern University. Rachel lives in the Chicago area with her husband, son, and the two typical cats.