Working with students, grad schools, organizations, and individuals

As an LIS careers specialist, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many students, practitioners, graduate program leaders, and associations. Following are some of their comments regarding work we’ve done together.


Kim’s passion for mentoring and developing information professionals extends over years of experience. She tells us to “be fierce” and open to new opportunities. Her advice is practical and actionable, and she looks realistically at the challenges and opportunities emerging from our field. Kim listens deeply, provides thoughtful insights, and helps each of us go beyond a job to find our own true selves.

Dee Magnoni

Assistant VP for Information Services and Director of New Brunswick Libraries, Rutgers University; former SLA President

At a time when the LIS profession is looking at both dynamic new opportunities and a shrinking of traditional roles, having access to an expert on growing and sustaining information careers is invaluable. Kim is a terrific resource for anyone wanting to build a resilient career in the information field.

Mary Ellen Bates

Independent Info-Entrepreneur, author of Building & Running a Successful Research Business; former AIIP president

I’ve depended on Kim Dority’s insights on librarianship ever since I picked up the first edition of her book Rethinking Information Work. I’ve shared her advice with students and colleagues over and over again. She’s my go-to source for wisdom on the opportunities and challenges confronting our profession, and how to navigate them for success.

David Shumaker

Clinical Associate Professor, Catholic University of America, author of The Embedded Librarian

I’ve known Kim over 15 years, and I consider her to be the leading authority on LIS careers. Kim has literally “written the book” on library and information work; I recommend it to all my students, including those who are new or transitioning to the field, and current practitioners. Kim provides valuable guidance to library and information students and professionals, no matter where they are in their careers, with insight and humor.

Scott Brown

Oracle Senior Cybrarian, adjunct faculty, San Jose State University School of Information, author of Social Information

Kim delivered a phenomenal webinar for our members on using LinkedIn. It was well-received and Kim was a thorough professional in every sense. We definitely look forward to working with her again – she is an instructor/facilitator of the highest caliber!

Dan Freeman

Director, eLearning Solutions, American Library Association

The career-focused workshops Kim has done for University College students and staff have been transformational. Leading staff through the importance of networking and the use of Linked-In helped each of us with our own professional development. It also helped us better understand the needs and opportunities of our students. Similar workshops for University College students received fantastic feedback. They expressed appreciation for the organized way Kim presented the depth of material and commented on how empowered it felt to have a ‘plan.’ Working with Kim is always inspirational and a pleasure.

Michelle Long

Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services, University College, University of Denver

I invited Kim to present at a Spotlight on Your Career program and attendees were simply blown away by her combination of the theoretical and practical. Kim outlined a framework for LIS career paths and strategies and combined that with an extraordinary level of detail that gave attendees both broad guidance and practical action steps to move forward in their careers. I could not recommend her highly enough for the thoughtful and relevant career guidance she provides.

Rachel Bates Wilfahrt

Associate Director of Prospect Development, University of Denver, former SLA Rising Star

Kim Dority is an expert listener with an uncanny ability to ask questions that spark new insight. Our first conversation helped me to identify the causes of my paralyzing anxiety, but Kim also insisted that we identify and plan a series of next steps before we ended the call. The result of that half-hour conversation was a series of concrete actions that put me on the path to developing the professional work I am doing today.

Michael Jay Granger

Recent MLIS graduate

I was fortunate enough to take Kim’s Alternate Careers for Librarians class at DU. I gained clarity and insight from the information Kim presented, as well as from the guest speakers she had invited to the class. Kim has a wonderful style of communication. I feel she’s receptive and attentive as a listener and she presents information with confidence and authority yet with no arrogance and without being patronizing. It’s wonderful! If you have the chance to take a class from or attend a seminar by Kim, please do so. You will be thankful for the experience.

Erica Olivier

Catalog Librarian, Douglas County Libraries, Colorado

Kim has provided compassionate and inspiring guidance and thought-provoking advice to me for more than a decade, first when I was a student in her Alternative LIS Careers course and then as my post-graduate career advanced and developed.  She’s an experienced and accomplished library- and info-world professional with a wellspring of industry information, and an independent thinker and energetic, friendly ‘connector’ in the Malcolm Gladwell sense.  Her combination of experience, skill set, characteristics and connections uniquely positions her to successfully advise and mentor graduate students, those already in the field, and those trying to break in.  If you’re looking for high-return LIS career advice, Kim should be the first person you call.

Monnie Nilsson

Branch Services Manager, Boulder Public Library, Colorado

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