Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life

Forty Resume Tweaks to Get You an Interview

For Librarians, Buy Librarians

The Importance of Saying "No"

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Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life

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by Sarah Roark Schott, former Head Editor, INALJ Arizona previously published 11/18/13 Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life With the holidays right around the corner, I am sure many of you have started thinking about what to get that special Information Professional in your life. While searching for neat library/archive/book related gifts I…

Forty Resume Tweaks to Get You an Interview

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by Margot Note, Director of Archives and Information Management for the World Monuments Fund Forty Resume Tweaks to Get You an Interview During your job search, a well-crafted resume is vital. As a representation of yourself, it is the first impression you make on potential employers. Like any piece of writing that has been reviewed multiple times,…

For Librarians, Buy Librarians

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2014  Shopping Guide (updated from 2013) Welcome to For Librarians, Buy Librarians- my guide to some of my favorite web-based shops run (mostly) by librarians! Originally posted in 2012 I wanted to share this with new fans. This is a Shopping Guide to Etsy Shops (etc) of INALJ fans, their friends and family :) I…

The Importance of Saying “No”

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by Naomi Gonzales, Senior Assistant, INALJ Virginia The Importance of Saying “No” I want to preface this piece by saying this is not an article on negativity, but taking care of yourself. We live in a very “yes”-oriented culture. A professional world where “sure I can do that”, and “I’ll take care of it” are phrases…

What Does a Librarian Do – Academic

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by Rebecca Tischler, Senior Editor, INALJ North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon What Does a Librarian Do – Academic I recently wrote an article about what a librarian does, so I thought I would continue that with a series of articles exploring what different types of librarians do. Because while all librarians share a central duty…

Library School Redux

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by Amelia Zavala Vander Heide ,Senior Editor, INALJ Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virtual Work Library School Redux If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have done some things differently, including taking a different course load in library school. This article is for those INALJ readers who are either currently in library school or are…

Repetitive strain injuries are a real pain

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by Holly Boyer, Senior Editor, INALJ Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia  Repetitive strain injuries are a real pain I bet you use your computer a lot. Aside from all your work related computer use, you come home and get right back on, don’t you? Are you making sure that you’re protecting yourself from injury? Or are you…

What is T160K? And What Can You Do to Help?

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by Naomi House, MLIS updated 11/17/14 What is T160K? And What Can You Do to Help? Back in February I presented on a panel at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa. I was incredibly excited to be placed on the community building panel with Dr. Stephanie Diakité, who was deeply involved in the work…

Resume Review Service

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by Paula Pergament, Volunteer for ALA’s NMRT Resume Review Committee Resume Review Service We hear this job-seeking advice all the time: it’s important to make the most of professional conferences by networking, and to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by an experienced professional in your field. However, finding the right professional to look over your resume…

What Does a Librarian Do?

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by Rebecca Tischler, Senior Editor, INALJ North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon What Does a Librarian Do? A while ago, I wrote an article about the 5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do, and one of my grad school teachers pointed out that I had not included the most important duty of a…

How to List Your Accomplishments

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by Diana La Femina, Senior Editor, INALJ Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta How to List Your Accomplishments In my last blog post I talked at length about what should go into your resume. Now, I want to discuss how to list accomplishments. You’ve heard it over and over again: you…

Associating with State and Regional Associations

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by Cassidy Charles, Senior Assistant, INALJ NYC Associating with State and Regional Associations Last Spring, Mary-Michelle Moore wrote a series about Professional Organizations. She highlighted the different division in ALA, diverse professional LIS associations, and additional professional LIS associations. When looking down the long list of professional organizations to connect with you may want to consider reaching out…

Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor

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by Valarie Swayze, Senior Editor, INALJ Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor Serving as a mentor is an excellent opportunity to serve others that can also contribute to your own personal and professional growth. A mentor can be anyone who is willing to invest time and commit to helping one…

Jennifer Lau-Bond…ipl2 Manager of Reference Services

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by Leigh Milligan, Senior Editor, INALJ Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee Jennifer Lau-Bond…ipl2 Manager of Reference Services I have been volunteering with the Internet Public Library (ipl2) since I started library classes at Drexel University in 2009. I loved volunteering with the ipl2 so much, I continued volunteering after I graduated and…

Opening a Library, the Future of Librarianship, and Teaching—Interview with Tracy Hall

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by Ashley Mancill, Senior Assistant, INALJ Alabama Opening a Library, the Future of Librarianship, and Teaching—Interview with Tracy Hall Tracy Hall is the library director for Spanish Fort Public Library, a long-awaited addition to the small Alabama community set to open in Spring 2015. Tracy previously served the staff and student body at Virginia Tech as the Information Literacy Instruction…

Luck Is the Residue of Design

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by Claire Schmieder, Senior Editor, INALJ NYC, INALJ New York State, and INALJ Texas Luck Is the Residue of Design Branch Rickey began his Major League Baseball career with the St. Louis Browns and the New York Highlanders in the early 1900s. He wasn’t a strong player and quickly left the MLB to attend college at the…

Interviews

Dr. Candace Aiani: Library Director at Taipei American School

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by Whitney Zahar, Senior Assistant, INALJ Pennsylvania Interview with Dr. Candace Aiani: Library Director at Taipei American School Have you ever imagined working as a librarian in another country? Several colleagues on the INALJ blog have posted several articles about library work around the world. I have the honor of volunteering as the archivist at Taipei American School,…

Sana Khan …Success Story

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My non-librarian husband on his birthday! There is a famous quote that, to paraphrase, says that one should never date anyone who doesn’t own books or read a lot.  I find it to be a foolish quote.  Think of all that you can learn from someone raised in an oral tradition, or someone who simply…

Interview with Olga Statnaia, Quebec Public Librarian

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by Elena Bubelich, former Senior Assistant, INALJ Quebec Interview with Olga Statnaia, Quebec Public Librarian In this blog post I would like to continue to share experience of job search of some graduates of MLIS programs in Quebec, Canada. I’ve already interviewed Josiane Doucet-Alarie and Mykola Krupko. In this blog post I’m glad to present my former classmate…

Deep in Archives: Interview with Archivist, Christy Tomecek

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By Kasia Piasecka, Senior Assistant, INALJ Rhode Island Deep in Archives: Interview with Archivist, Christy Tomecek Kasia:  How did you find your current job? Do you have any job hunting advice for INALJ readers? Christy:  I got very lucky with my current job. My former supervisor is a member of the Archivists Round Table in…

Sierra L. Campbell… Chicago History Museum & Success Story

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by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor, INALJ California, DC, and Illinois Sierra L. Campbell… Chicago History Museum & Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Sierra: I found my current job by being in the right place at the right time, otherwise known as luck. No, that’s really what happened. I inquired at the Chicago…

Nancy Kranich …Former ALA President

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by Claire Schmieder, Senior Editor previously published 5/6/13 This interview is from 2013 Nancy Kranich…Former ALA President and Rutgers University–Lecturer, School of Communication and Information and Special Projects Librarian Claire:  Your career path has been pretty amazing. What are a few of your favorite moments along that path? Nancy: Retrieving books for UW-Parkside by bike…

Sponsor or Donate to INALJ

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Sponsor or Donate to INALJ INALJ.com works hard to find you jobs and needs and appreciates your support! We have been very fortunate to have individual donors these past few years and we thank them for their generosity!  We have added corporate/ organization sponsors too!  Here is how you can donate at the individual level…

Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story

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by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ California Cairie R…. Lambda Archives & INALJ Success Story Mary-Michelle: How did you find your current job? Cairie: On the INALJ California page. My most current position at Lambda Archives was from looking at the INALJ page. Mary-Michelle: What is your favorite book? Cairie: Of all time?! That’s impossible. I can…

Mykola Krupko, Hospital Librarian

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By Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec  Mykola Krupko, Hospital Librarian In this blog post I would like to continue to share experience of job search of some graduates of MLIS programs in Quebec, Canada. In May 2014 I interviewed my assistant Josiane Doucet-Alarie and in this blog post I’m glad to present my former classmate…

Meet Megan Ashley, School Librarian

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by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Illinois Meet Megan Ashley, School Librarian and INALJ Assistant Editor Favorite Library you have been to? I studied at Loyola University Chicago for my undergraduate degree, and spent a lot of my time studying at the Information Commons. It’s a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing space that was used constantly by students. Favorite book?…