ERIC Number: ED311906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
How To Avoid Dead End in Your Career: An Asian American Perspective, and Library Services for the Asian American Community. Papers of the 1987 Program of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (San Francisco, California, June 1987).
Karkhanis, Sharad, Ed.
Three of the four papers in this collection focus on reasons why many Asian Americans end up in dead-end jobs and suggest ways of avoiding this situation. In "Views of an Educator," Nasser Sharify provides insights from an educators' perspective about finding and maintaining a successful career, and recommends that Asian-Americans pursue careers "American style, not Asian style," as well as encouraging more self-confidence with less timidity and "Asian nobility." Peter R. Young's "Experiences of an Asian/American Librarian" describes how the stereotype of Asian Americans as technical service librarians prevents promotion to increased managerial responsibility, and suggests strategies for planning a successful career, e.g., being flexible, not accepting other people's definitions of success, and not being ruled by fear of failure. Ernest A. Muro's "Advice from a Corporate Executive" outlines a four-part career plan consisting of: (1) developing a basic liberal arts undergraduate and a specialized graduate education; (2) continuing a critical self-assessment of weaknesses to eliminate obstacles; (3) cultivating contacts with people who can help plan an open-ended career; and (4) planning a library career strategy before it requires implementation, recognizing both the opportunities and limitations of the profession. In the final article, "Library Services for the Asian American Community," Sharad Karkhanis presents an action agenda for what libraries should do to enhance services for Asian Americans. (SD)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Career Development, Career Ladders, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Librarians, Library Collection Development, Managerial Occupations, Persistence, Promotion (Occupational), Self Efficacy, Undergraduate Study
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY 11235.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, Brooklyn, NY.