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Work Style Preferences

by Nicole Usiondek, Head Editor, INALJ Michigan Work Style Preferences I recently attended a seminar that focused on work style preferences. This was the first session of a leadership series. The premise of the seminar was to teach leadership skills by being able to identify the different work style preferences people have and how to…

Learn From My Mistakes

by Diana La Femina, Head Editor, INALJ South Carolina Learn From My Mistakes I figured this first blog post was a good time to introduce myself and my employment journey so far. I realized, however, that a lot of what I had to say was cautionary, so I’ve decided to tell you about myself while…

HR and Honesty

by Sarah Porter, Head Editor, INALJ California HR and Honesty I just finished listening to the irreverently funny chapter about working in Human Resources in the audiobook “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by the Bloggess, Jenny Lawson. While I do not share the same sort of interesting stories that Jenny gathered from working over a…

Looking for Jobs On the Go

by Matthew Tansek, Head Editor, INALJ Rhode Island Looking for Jobs On the Go For this blog post I thought that it would be helpful to get to know a few job seeker applications for your smartphone.  I took a look at four that I had not heard of, and I purposefully avoided apps that…

Shift Happens

by Christina Wilson, Head Editor, INALJ Alberta Shift Happens Recently I attended a student-run conference at the School of Library Science (SLIS), University of Alberta (Friday, February 8th), motivated by the opportunity to re-connect with colleagues and network for my next job, given that I’ve just re-located to the community.   It was useful to meet…

Soft Skills = Success

by Julie Watson, Head Editor, INALJ Pennsylvania Soft Skills = Success This is the first of a series of articles on soft skills. Part One: What are Soft Skills? To land a job, you need a solid knowledge base in your area of expertise, but that’s not all. Employers are also looking for soft skills.…

I Love These Blogs

by Sheela Sur, Head Editor, INALJ Washington, DC I Love These Blogs I realize these blogs are already listed on INALJ, but I really cannot stress enough how much I LOVE them.  I really encourage everyone (especially recent graduates/newcomers to the library job hunt) to check out these two great resources: opencoverletters.com and hiringlibrarians.com. Even…

Sponsor INALJ

Become an INALJ.com Sponsor! Weekly rates Your ad will run in the Header (right side) and appear on every page, you provide the image An acknowledgement posting on the Sunday before your Mon-Sun sponsorship run thanking you INALJ pages are viewed over 50,000 times a week!  In March we will hit 1 Million + views…

February 2013 Roundup (INALJ Stats )

What a great month it has been! I reached 880,000 page views the fourth week of February! Forty-eight fans reported to me that they found jobs! In February I launched state, province and country pages and my site traffic more than doubled, sometimes it was 4x the old average! Also in late February I launched…

Why Lifelong Learning is Important

by Aingeal Stone, Head Editor, INALJ Northwest Territories Why Lifelong Learning is Important We all have different reasons for pursuing, or not pursuing, continuing education in our fields.  In my post today I want to tell you about my personal educational journey and I have a few relevant links in support of personal development to…

Follow-up Emails for Novice Networkers

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii Follow-up Emails for Novice Networkers So, you have submitted a number of resumes to potential employees, and now you just need to sit back and wait for the phone calls to begin pouring in, right?  Yes…no…maybe?  What do you do once your resume is submitted?  Is a…

Diigo a great online tool to keep your job search organized!

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ Vermont Diigo a great online tool to keep your job search organized! Juggling everything needed to get an application packet together for any of the jobs found on INALJ can be a little daunting, even to the most organized among us.  At the beginning of my job search, I…

Spread the Love

by Shelley Macon, Head Editor, INALJ Florida Spread the Love In honor of February and Valentine’s Day this month, I have been thinking a lot about love.  One of  the most important duties of a librarian is to spread love.  The kind of love that makes your heart beat fast and your palms sweat.  The…

How to get library experience volunteering from your home

by Duda Trickovic, Head Editor, Prince Edward Island How to get library experience volunteering from your home Finding that first job in a library can be challenging. I just wanted to mention some of the less conventional ways for getting some a relevant experience. Thanks to the widespread use of technology, there are ways to…

On the Job Hunt in CT

by Jennifer Crutchfield, Head Editor, INALJ Connecticut On the Job Hunt in CT Hi CT library and information science professionals! Let’s talk about our job situations. I feel like the amount of job openings is getting a little better.  I graduated in 2008 with my MLIS with an archives management specialization and have been searching…

On the Other Side of the Table: Interviewing

by Amanda Viana, Head Editor, INALJ Massachusetts On the Other Side of the Table: Interviewing Not very long after starting my current position I assisted the Library Director in interviewing candidates for a Circulation Supervisor position. It was my first time on the “other side” of the table, and I found the process very informative.…

Experience Gets Webby: Webinars Give Experience to Job Hunters

by Sarah Deringer, Head Editor, INALJ Mississippi Experience Gets Webby: Webinars Give Experience to Job Hunters As a current MSLS student, the biggest fear I have is not being eligible for the job posting due to lack of experience. I worked part-time at Paoli Public Library in Paoli, Indiana, for a year and eleven months…

On Library and Information Technicians: a 101 guide

by Lauren Bourdages, Head Editor, INALJ Ontario On Library and Information Technicians I know that a good portion of you INALJ followers are Americans, and I know that you don’t really have Library and Information Technicians, you have what you call paraprofessionals, and I also know that in my experience even a lot of Canadian…

We are all in the same boat

by Scottie Kapel, Head Editor, INALJ Oregon We are all in the same boat Hello, readers! I struggled with a topic for this blog post, initially planning to write about interview attire but ultimately deciding that many people who are better equipped to dispense sartorial advice than I have already covered this. While thinking about…

Be A Volunteer (aka. Getting your foot in the door)

by Shayna Monnens, Head Editor, INALJ South Dakota Be A Volunteer (aka. Getting your foot in the door) More than likely you are in this profession because you love books. You love the idea of reading and sharing these ideas with the others around you. Maybe you have even gone on to receive a degree…

Grass is Greener?

by Richard James, Head Editor, INALJ Delaware Grass is Greener? In the corporate/commercial world, it’s becoming a reasonable expectation that many employees, particularly younger ones, are not going to commit long-term to their new employer. Cultural and economic shifts on both sides of the employer/employee divide have taken us a long way from the type…

On Table Topics and the Job Interview

by Africa Hands, Head Editor, INALJ Kentucky On Table Topics and the Job Interview Not too long ago I was a member of a local Toastmasters club. You may have heard of Toastmasters – the speaking and leadership club that helps you get more comfortable speaking in front of an audience and facilitating meetings. It’s…

Open Cover Letters

by Leigh Milligan, Head Editor, INALJ Wisconsin Open Cover Letters One of my favorite websites that gives me motivation during my job search is called Open Cover Letters. This website is a collection of anonymous cover letters submitted by hired librarians and archivists. Each cover letter is titled by the position that the anonymous person…

Un-rack Your Interview Nerves: prepping makes perfect

by Brittany Bush, Head Editor, INALJ West Virginia Un-rack Your Interview Nerves: prepping makes perfect As someone who tends to fly by the seat of their pants, formal interviews can be nerve racking. Because of this, it is important to begin preparing for your upcoming interview as soon as you are presented the opportunity. The…

Building a national network with ALA’s Round Tables

by Caitlin Moen, Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana Building a national network with ALA’s Round Tables When I graduated from library school in 2011, I was committed to the idea of librarianship as a profession and participating on the national level. I began a position at an academic library where much of my time was devoted…

Free Webinars, Courses, and Conferences (Feb-April 2013)

by Alexis Stapp, Head Editor, INALJ Minnesota Free Webinars, Courses, and Conferences (Feb-April 2013) It’s hard to focus on the education and skill-building aspect of professional development when you’re unemployed, underemployed, or just plain broke.  It’s also tough to research new ideas and practices for your library with the tight budgets so many are facing.…

Loving What You (Volunteer) to Do

Happy Valentine’s Day! What this day made me think about was just how much I love doing INALJ.  We often have to take jobs that we do not fully love but as for volunteering we have more flexibility to chose something we love to do.  So if today gets you down or feels in any…

January 2013 Roundup

What a great month it has been! We reached 700,000 page views the fourth week of January! Twenty-two fans reported to us that they found jobs! In January we wrapped up the Daily Jobs Digest as a pdf and looked towards launching states pages in February. Some fast stats for January 2013: 721,640 total INALJ.com…

Must Read: Think Like a Start-Up by Brian Mathews

Reposted from 4/12/12 and 6/14/12 Brian Mathews, who blogs as the Ubiquitous Librarian for the Chronicle of Higher Education and who is also Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at Virginia Tech has a must read new white paper entitled “Think Like a Start-Up: a White Paper”. I think it is well worth reading the…

Giving Thanks and Re-networking

One thing I have tried to do in the past year is re-connect with librarians that I have grown to know as a patron. I like to think of this as a way to not only network (or re-network) but also a way to quietly say thanks to those who helped shape what I know…

INALJ’s Annual Report 2012

What a fantastic year this has been!  I have compiled an annual report full of charts and stats to give a snapshot of the size, scope and progress at INALJ.com. INALJ Annual Report 2012   Some fast stats for 2012: 624,397 visits to INALJ.com 4,945 fans on Facebook 2,857 Twitter followers 11,396 tweets INALJ.com read…

Just a Jobs Fangirl

One thing that has surprised me about running INALJ for the past two years is that I am never bored with it.  Never.  It is my favorite pastime after travel and travel has never gotten in the way of my INALJ :) At heart this makes me a fangirl not just of job hunting, librarians…

The Collective INALJ

Everyone once in awhile I stumble on a quote that just resonates with me and makes something much more clear.  In this case I was reading Andrew Sullivan’s blog, The Dish, when I read this quote by Hélène Mialet, “Someone who is powerful is a collective, and the more collective s/he becomes, the more singular…

Blog Love: Library Hat

I wanted to quickly share with you a blog I recently found, Library Hat, that has some great information for library job hunters. The author, Bohyun Kim, will be one of the presenters on January 10, 2013 for the American Libraries webinar Landing Your Ideal Library Job. Even if you can’t make the webinar you…

Job Hunters Respond!

Hiring Librarians (with some assistance from INALJ) has put together a survey for job hunters “(or those hired within the last two months) in all LIS careers, at all levels, who are interested in providing their feedback about the process.” Take the Survey! In addition to posting results Emily Weak at Hiring Librarians has gone…

On Efficiency

So it came to pass that I finally found some time to reflect on INALJ in 2012.  I was riding the train either to or from ACRL/NY’s Symposium where I was to speak on branding.  Each day I would forward and reply to over 100 emails.  I spent more than an hour on the INALJ…

Who Will Be the #1Success Story?

View all the INALJ library and info pro jobs at: http://inalj.com/?p=1441 What a great year for job hunters that found jobs!  I am happy to share their success with everyone through my Success Story interviews! Who will be the #1 most viewed success story of 2012?  Share your favorite story on FB, Twitter and with your…

Happy 2nd Birthday INALJ!!!

Two years ago I was at home sitting at my computer working on who knows which one of my grad school classes and counting my lucky stars.  Just one month previously I had been hired as a Reference Librarian for a government contractor working at a federal library.  Naomi House, Librarian!  I was only half…

How I Landed a Job

 by Stephanie Altbie r Like many of us, I had job interviews that looked as if I might receive a job offer, but no job offer came. Until one day I went on a job interview, and I was offered the job two days later. What was different this time? Job Announcement I applied to…

Learn a New Language For Your Library Career!

due to issues with social media sharing this is an archived copy.  Originally published 7/14/14 by Raymond Pun, reference and research services librarian in New York University Shanghai  Learn a New Language For Your Library Career! One of the most important and useful skill to have is knowledge of another foreign language. Libraries today are interested in…