The Importance of Being Blue

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The Importance of Being Blue

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The Importance of Being Blue by Stephanie Noell, Senior Editor The information professions tend to be very people-oriented. Even the technical side is focused on making information accessible to the end user. To be in such a people-focused profession (and work closely with others to reach mutual goals), we must be able to consider each…

On celebrating all victories in the job hunt

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On celebrating all victories in the job hunt by Mary-Michelle Moore, Senior Editor One of the greatest things about volunteering as a senior editor for INALJ is the opportunity to see and work with people who have found jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities using our site.   My favorite INALJ articles to read and to write are the success…

The Telephone Interview: Why am I so Nervous?!

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The Telephone Interview: Why am I so Nervous?! by Natalie Kahn   Last week I had my first telephone interview for a university librarian position. This was a brief, first-round interview that covered the basics listed in the job description, and I appreciated the lack of curve ball questions. I was surprised by my nervousness…

Hello! My name is Heidi Greathouse and…I’m a cataloger!

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Hello! My name is Heidi Greathouse and…I’m a cataloger! by Heidi Greathouse, Senior Assistant, INALJ New Mexico   You may be thinking, “cataloging is a dying field!…or “there are still catalogers?”  My reply “Yes, there are catalogers and they are more essential than ever!”  I am not going to tell you why cataloging is important…

And Now For Something Completely Different

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And Now For Something Completely Different by Josh Rimmer, Senior Editor   For my first blog post of the year, I decided to change things up a bit. Instead of writing the obligatory advice piece; maybe create a list of web resources or grind my gears to rehash an older topic and attempt a new…

What to do when you are #ALAleftbehind

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What to do when you are #ALAleftbehind by Leigh Milligan, Senior Editor   Unfortunately, I rarely get to go to ALA conferences, unless it’s local in or near Philadelphia. I currently don’t work in a library so my employer will not pay for it and I have yet to receive funding from different conference sponsorship…

Speed Mentoring: Why all the Rush?

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Speed Mentoring:  Why all the Rush? by Kate Kosturski, Senior Editor and Volunteer Coordinator The 2015 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting was quite an adventure – and this is outside of travel woes leaving Chicago, the Super Bowl, and the inevitable post-conference crud.   One adventure I participated in for the second time of late was…

Library School: Some Thoughts in Hindsight

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Library School: Some Thoughts in Hindsight by Gabrielle Spiers, Senior Editor   I graduated from library school in August 2012 which I realize is not really that long ago. However I feel it is just long enough ago that I am able to reflect on the experience with the distance and perspective I did not…

5 Resources to Produce Great Library Displays

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5 Resources to Produce Great Library Displays by Angela Piccola, Senior Editor   I love searching through Pinterest for ideas on little known holidays and events to really boost our circulation numbers. Displays in general are a great way to introduce new ideas to your patrons.   I think finding a way to creatively present an…

7 Tips for Getting to Know Your New Community

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7 Tips for Getting to Know Your New Community by Annice Sevett, Senior Assistant, INALJ Minnesota   Like many of us in our profession, I moved to a new town for my first and current library job. As the new Adult Services Librarian, I was faced with the task of getting to know this new…

5 Tips for Handling Bad News at Work

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5 Tips for Handling Bad News at Work by Brad McNally, Senior Editor    It’s a  difficult topic to deal with, but bad news does sometimes come out in the workplace. In any job, this is a possibility. Many in the library world have felt the effects of budget cuts, for example. While no one…

How Do You Know When it is Time to Go?

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How Do You Know When it is Time to Go? by Rebekah Kati, Senior Assistant, INALJ North Carolina   Leaving a job that you have put significant time and emotional investment into can be difficult to contemplate and it is easy to miss the warning signs – I know it was for me!  I felt…

Why do you want to be a librarian?

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Why do you want to be a librarian? by Cassidy Charles, Senior Assistant, INALJ NYC   The question comes up in graduate school orientation, conference happy hours, professional development workshops, and job interviews: Why do you want to be a librarian? The answer can be as simple or complex as you want to make it.…

Ask a Special Librarian – February Edition

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Ask a Special Librarian Tracy Z. Maleeff Library Resources Manager at Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia @LibrarySherpa & LibrarySherpa.com Lucky for you, the special librarian saw a shadow and now we have at least six more weeks of the “Ask a Special Librarian” column! I was thrilled to see the great response from my inaugural installment of…

6 Career Journaling Techniques: Get Started Today!

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6 Career Journaling Techniques: Get Started Today! by Valarie Swayze, Senior Editor  Have you ever kept a travel diary, fitness log, or a personal journal? Each helps us reflect on activities and can serve as a source of motivation in the future. A career journal is simply a record of your professional experiences kept on…

3 Writing Resources for LIS Job Seekers and MLIS Applicants

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Writing Resources for LIS Job Seekers and MLIS Applicants by Oscar Giurcovich, Senior Editor   Error-free resumes and cover letters are paramount in the job hunt. I think this is more important than ever in our everyday world of texting and social media where acronyms and shorthand rule. Unfortunately, the spelling and grammar checkers in…

References Available Upon Request

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References Available Upon Request by Deeba Rehman, Senior Assistant INALJ Mississippi Have you seen that line at the end of a resume “References available upon request”? There are a lot of negative implications with that line – you are trying to fill up space to make up for lack of experience, you didn’t take time…

Fixing What’s Broken: the Importance of Feedback

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by Ruth Kitchin Tillman previously published 2/11/14 Fixing What’s Broken: the Importance of Feedback As I bid farewell to library school, I’ve been reflecting on aspects of my experience which were sub-optimal and what might be done to fix them. While the plural of anecdote isn’t data, I was able to glean certain similarities, through…

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?…

Meet Josiane Doucet-Alarie

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By Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec  Meet Josiane Doucet-Alarie In this blog post I’d like to introduce my assistant who has helped me to find job offers since November 2013. That month the page of INALJ Quebec became second by popularity among Canadians pages (and it’s still second!). So I asked for help Josiane Doucet-Alarie,…