Exploring the independent career path.1. try interning w a local info broker or one you can work with online.2. create web content on a voluntary basis for a local nonprofit whose mission you support.3. subcontract on a "moonlighting" basis for a contract cataloger.4. sign up to do book review for American Reference Books Annual, FreePint, Library Journal, or Reference Books Bulletin, or write articles for other publications to build knowledge of information sources and develop your writing skills and process.5. for the local public library, create an online tutorial that helps seniors find great resources for their grandkids. 6. volunteer to do the kind of work you think you might want to do professionally so you can start to learn more about the skills involved, understand the time it takes to do this type of work, and begin building a portfolio of project experience and credentials in your possible practice. 7. find or create opportunities to try out your dream work via your existing job, even if it means working extra hours for no pay.Books to read:Information rules. Hal R. Varian and Carl Shapiro. 'should be required reading for those who develop and market information products and services for the technology driven network economy. Art of the long view. Peter Schwarz. Composing a Life. Mary Catherine Bateson.The question behind the question: practicing personal accountability in work and in life. John B. MillerIt's only too late if you don't start now: how to create your second life after 40. Barbara Sher.Reading outside the box:-- one general source.-- one business source.-- one management source.-- one international source.-- two opposing political sources. -- one source on business technology impacts. -- two social issues/community sources.-- one career development source-- at least one discipline-specific title in an area that interests you. Can scan online at lunchtime, etc. Scan for ideas, trends, patterns or issues that may impact your practice area or the interests of your constituencies, be they patrons, customers, clients or colleagues. Or for changes that may impact your career goals. Resume rewriting translate your career history into a professional portfoliotook responsibility forled the creation ofassembled and managed team thatorganized and executedwrote the changed the designed the assessed and evaluatedspoke on behalf of researched and recommendedcreated program to enhanceinitiated community outreach programthat resulted in: cost savings of; increased donations in the amount of; expanded visibility for; new opportunities for; high patron usage levels for; greater attendance at; this new program . . .Your education mapConsider the 4 skill areas: discipline-specific, general professional skills, business skills, and personal competencies. Need to learn? How? When? Practice?Grant-writing. Take grant-writing class at local community college. This fall. Volunteer to write grant proposals for local humane and other community groups. Assembling your career map1. Identify your goals.Explore these 3 options.Develop an expertise in ...Find out whether I want to be/do ...Try out these 3 new skills.Move to --- and ---Get a job doing . . .Find out more about ...Increase my income by . ..Learn more about ... as a possible career choice.2. Identify your strategies for your goals.3. Decide on your tactics or actions within these strategies. 4. Identify what processes you'll need to establish. 5. Find out what resources are available to you. 6. Decide how you'll handle obstacles to your plans.Sample career mapsStaying put in current job. Goal: find a way to stay in current job without making myself and everyone else around me miserableStrategies: 1. maintain a positive attitude. 2. gain a better understanding of possible job options to consider next. 3. develop a successful exit strategy to have in place when I leave current employer.