Your Career Statement Of Purpose: a SOP Story

Lurk and Learn: Take Advantage of Library Social Media as a New or Aspiring Librarian

Avoiding Cinderella Syndrome: Why Every Job Doesn’t Have to be a ‘Perfect’ Fit

More On Mentoring: Ask a Special Librarian - May Edition (Pt 2)

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Your Career Statement Of Purpose: a SOP Story

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by Christina Wilson, former Head Editor of INALJ Alberta and INALJ Manitoba previously published 2/27/14 Your Career Statement Of Purpose: a SOP Story At a recent library conference, l learned a new approach towards the all-important career summary that all job seekers are expected to deliver during an interview. Typically, interviews begin with a request to provide a career overview. Most…

Avoiding Cinderella Syndrome: Why Every Job Doesn’t Have to be a ‘Perfect’ Fit

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by Krystal Corbray, Managing Librarian with Yakima Valley Libraries in Washington State previously published 7/15/14 Avoiding Cinderella Syndrome:  Why Every Job Doesn’t Have to be a ‘Perfect’ Fit Once you’ve been job hunting for a while, things can get a bit…intense. Many job-seekers talk about their employment search as if it’s a full-time job—which is an…

More On Mentoring: Ask a Special Librarian – May Edition (Pt 2)

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Ask a Special Librarian – May Edition (Part 2 of 2) Tracy Z. Maleeff Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia @LibrarySherpa & LibrarySherpa.com Joshua LaPorte Law Library Assistant – University of Connecticut @joshualaporte & https://www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaLaPorte It’s a banner month for all you INALJ.com readers. You get not one but two editions of…

Color Perception & Color Blindness Tools for Worksheets

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By Katie Blake previously published 4/30/14 Workplace Information Needs:  Color Perception and Color Blindness Tools for Worksheets In the everyday of work I am asked to do many things which involve some form of information interpretation. I started tracking reference questions just to be able to reflect upon the information needs which are the most…

On Mentoring: Ask a Special Librarian – May Edition (Pt 1)

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Ask a Special Librarian – May Edition (Part 1 of 2) Tracy Z. Maleeff Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia @LibrarySherpa & LibrarySherpa.com   Mentoring. It’s a word that seems to strike fear in the hearts of new and experienced professionals alike. If you are just starting out, you probably often hear…

Professional Shadowing for Your Toolbox

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by Ryan Nitz, former Head Editor, INALJ Alaska previously published 5/14/14 Professional Shadowing for Your Toolbox As part of a training program at work, I recently had the opportunity to spend a day shadowing someone in a leadership position in my organization. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be one of the…

Avoiding that “Conference Itch”

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by Samantha Read, former Head Editor, INALJ New Brunswick  previously published 6/10/14 Avoiding that “Conference Itch” Well, folks, we’re in full conference season now. A relative newbie to this scene (I just started in my position as Archives Advisor at CANB in February), I attended the CNSA conference the other week and will be at the APLA conference…

Turning Disaster into Brownie Points

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by Rossy Mendez, former Head Editor, INALJ Puerto Rico previously published 6/11/14 Turning Disaster into Brownie Points Like many people I have had my share of crappy jobs. I have worked in places where people lacked ethics, in places where I have questioned my sanity and lost my dignity, places where I spent many afternoons in tears and…

Networking Tips for the Reluctant Networker

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by Ellen Mehling previously published 5/10/12, 4/11/13 & 6/18/14 Networking Tips for the Reluctant Networker Networking is, as almost anyone can tell you, the best way to get a job and have a thriving career. Some people though, especially some job hunters, see networking as deceptive or distasteful or unpleasant, and avoid it. Some are…

Congratulations to 2016-2017 ALA President, Julie Todaro!

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by Naomi House, MLIS Congrats to “Julie Todaro, PhD, Dean of Library Services at Austin (Texas) Community College, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.” We look forward to her leadership starting after the 2016 ALA Annual conference.  One thing we feel passionately about and feel that ALA leadership should be passionate about,…

Taking the TARDIS back to the Start of My MLIS Program

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by Kathleen Kosiec previously published 11/8/13 & 6/30/14 Taking the TARDIS back to the Start of My MLIS Program My fellow Doctor Who fans know the British sci-fi show celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s about a time-traveling alien with a time machine that resembles an old telephone…

Cover Letters: They’re Kind of a BIG DEAL!

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Cover Letters: They’re Kind of a BIG DEAL! by Natalie Browning, Senior Assistant, INALJ DC Cover Letter. Letter of Interest. I dare you to find a job posting that does not require you to write a letter about your qualifications. Sending in a resume is not enough; the hiring committee wants to see not only…

SWOT Analysis: A Handy Business Tool for Library Job Seekers

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by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published on 10/4/13 & 5/16/14 SWOT Analysis:  A Handy Business Tool for Library Job Seekers Being successful in a job search is not unlike finding success in business. As in business, it is important to know the internal and the external factors which can affect your…

23 Useful Twitter Tools

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by Alexandra Janvey, former Head Editor, INALJ Iowa previously published 11/4/13 & 5/20/14 23 Useful Twitter Tools There are an abundance of tools available that you can use to manage your Twitter account more effectively and save time. Here are 23 useful Twitter tools.   HootSuite – Social Media management system where you can keep track…

Open thank you note to past search participants

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Open thank you note to past search participants by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor It takes many people in the library to successfully hire a new librarian. While the head of the search committee (and sometimes the whole committee) gets a thank you note, many people involved in the interview day do not get much recognition.…

April 2015 Roundup (INALJ Stats)

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11 million page views! What a great month!  April was such an amazing month at INALJ!  I was lucky enough this month to travel to my alma mater, Rutgers SCI MLIS program and present the final colloquium of the year, Developing Your Digital Brand … with an emphasis on getting a job.”   Our busiest…

Jobs! Got to Catch Them All!!

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by Leigh Milligan, Senior Editor previously published 8/11/14 Jobs! Got to Catch Them All!! I love Pokémon games! I have been playing Pokémon since the red and blue editions were on Game Boy. I am now playing the newest one Pokémon X for 3DS and I can’t put it down. I love that there are so many…

Interviews

Radical Librarianship at the Allied Media Conference

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Radical Librarianship at the Allied Media Conference by Veronica Leigh Milliner, Senior Editor While there are many options for professional and personal development in the library and information field, one upcoming opportunity that deserves to be highlighted is the Allied Media Conference (AMC). The AMC “brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using…

Shoebrarian Extraordinaire: Meet Leslie Howerton-Hicks

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Shoebrarian Extraordinaire: Meet Leslie Howerton-Hicks by Rachael Altman, INALJ COO After traveling the world and trying her hand at many different jobs Leslie Hicks finally graduated from University of South Florida with an MLIS in 2011. Leslie Howerton-Hicks manages the Footwear Materials Library at the World Headquarters of a large Athletic Footwear and Apparel Company…

Q&A with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Editor of Information Services Today

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Q&A with Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Editor of Information Services Today: An Introduction by Alison Peters, INALJ Contributor Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” I love Alice in Wonderland—the book, animated movie, and Disneyland ride—but I didn’t remember that quote till…

Anastasia Chiu on the Job Hunt, Volunteering & More

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Interview with INALJ Assistant Anastasia Chiu, INALJ Louisiana Assistant by Josh Rimmer, Senior Editor   For this month, I wanted to highlight INALJ Louisiana assistant Anastasia Chiu. If you have visited the Louisiana page recently, you will notice a change in the organization and web links provided on the page. Ms. Chiu was instrumental in…

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…

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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…