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How to Prepare for an Interview Like an RPG

by Ruth Kitchin Tillman, Head Editor, INALJ Maryland How to Prepare for an Interview Like an RPG In my free time (so, y’know, not since August), I enjoy playing and running role-playing games. When I started job hunting in the fall, my friend Mary Richardson, a fellow gamer-archivist, gave me the advice to think about the boring parts of…

Don’t Discount Library Assistant Experience

by Nicolas Resteiner, Head Editor, INALJ Mississippi Don’t Discount Library Assistant Experience   When I worked at my local library in high school, I was just a page. I shelved books for a couple of years, went to college and came back home and worked as a movie theater manager before realizing that I did not want to…

Almost Back from South Africa and OCLC EMEA!

Hi Everyone, I have been away from decent wifi for the past 10 days and I am still 4-5 days away from regular access.  I can’t wait to share with you my wonderful experience speaking in Cape Town, South Africa at OCLC EMEA RC14 but til then keep checking INALJ.com for fab blog posts and…

Unemployment Opportunities

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii Unemployment Opportunities Throughout graduate school I also worked full-time (in a non-library setting). I spent many a sleepless night tackling research papers, only to get a few hours of sleep before heading off to a full workday. Time to do anything besides work or schoolwork came in precious little nuggets. I…

Micro-managers and How to Deal

Aimee Graham, Head Editor, INALJ New York State  Micro-managers and How to Deal Let’s face it, regardless of what sector of employment you may find yourself, there is the potential to work with less than agreeable coworkers and supervisors. As an individual it can be degrading, having your every strength criticized and the experience in general can…

Staying Relevant Outside the Profession

by Emily Guier, Head Editor, INALJ Wyoming Staying Relevant Outside the Profession I graduated from my library program in 2011 and have yet to be employed as a professional librarian. I worked as a legal assistant while getting my degree and then moved to a job in student affairs shortly after receiving my MLIS. I have…

Overcoming Roadblocks When Job Searching

by Courtney Baron, Head Editor, INALJ Georgia Overcoming Roadblocks When Job Searching I have decided this is the year I will get a library job. I’ve been looking for a paraprofessional position since I enrolled in the MLIS program at my university in January 2013, but so far I haven’t had any luck. I learned a lot during my…

Using technology to tailor your professional identity

Anastasia Gould, Head Editor, INALJ Nunavut, INALJ Yukon, INALJ Northwest Territories Using technology to tailor your professional identity New technologies figured prominently at this year’s OLA (Ontario Library Association) conference, one of the largest in Canada. It was a welcome opportunity for LIS students and working professionals to explore the ways in which new technologies…

How to get a volunteer position

Charissa Brammer, Head Editor, INALJ Maine How to get a volunteer position Resume-building is something that has been on my mind a lot lately, as I have been applying for scholarships and grants and trying to build my LinkedIn profile to attract potential employers in a year when I graduate from library school and enter the world…

Using Social Media to Get Yourself Out There

by Diana La Femina, Head Editor, INALJ South Carolina Using Social Media to Get Yourself Out There I have a project I’m setting for myself during the next two months: I want to finally get my online portfolio together. I’ve been planning it out for a while but just haven’t had the time to get the…

Emerging Technologies – Social media

by Holly Boyer, Head Editor, INALJ Virginia Emerging Technologies – Social media As a recent MLIS graduate, job seeker, and INALJ Virginia head editor, I have been reading a lot of job ads. I’ll be honest, occasionally I don’t understand what all of the required/preferred qualifications mean, which usually leads me straight to Google. Early on…

Great Resources for Developing Services to Teens!

by Sara Dixon, Head Editor, INALJ Kansas Great Resources for Developing Services to Teens! At my small library, I felt that the teen population was getting largely overlooked. Unfortunately, the sad truth is it’s because no one had much time to devote to the group. I think this has often been the case in smaller libraries.…

5 Ways to Simplify Your Job Search

by Brad McNally, Head Editor, INALJ Ohio 5 Ways to Simplify You Job Search Job searches can be an extremely taxing experience. You will invest a large amount of time in combine through job listings. You will invest your effort into crafting each cover letter and resume for each position. You will likely make a large emotional investment…

Consider Rural Libraries

Erin Wells, Head Editor, INALJ Oregon Consider Rural Libraries Many larger cities are saturated with job-hunting librarians and my hometown of Portland Oregon is no exception. After I finished my MLS in 2012 I quickly realized that the number of job seekers significantly outweighed the number of jobs. This helped me realize that it was time for…

Job Hunter, Know Thyself

by Ryan Nitz, Head Editor, INALJ Alaska Job Hunter, Know Thyself One of the more interesting and enlightening things that I’ve done recently is take the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). I had heard about the MBTI a few times, but never really thought much about it or its implications. For those of you who don’t already know,…

LIS Predictions: A Cartoon

by Mychal Ludwig, Head Editor, INALJ New Mexico LIS Predictions: A Cartoon Written & Illustrated by Mychal R. Ludwig, with conceptual contributions from Carl Burnett & Jonathan King. In the library & information science community there is a strong tendency towards attempting to predict the future, whether concerning the ascendency of an upcoming piece of technology, or the importance…

Reflecting on my first Library Conference experience – #OLASC14 (Tips for: networking, resumes, and cover letters)

by Lauren Bourdages, Head Editor, INALJ Ontario Reflecting on my first Library Conference experience – #OLASC14 Tips for: networking, resumes, and cover letters My original conference plans that I talked about in my last post turned out to be overly ambitious on my part. After writing that post I ended up going in a completely different…

Pinterest for the Library and for Life

Angie Solis, Head Editor, INALJ Missouri Pinterest for the Library and for Life In 2012 I attended a SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network) conference and sat in on some very useful information sessions which included using Infographics, Prezi and Pinterest.  While all these topics are nothing short of interesting and functional, I have come…

Tackling the Job Search with Evernote

by Ashley Mancill, Head Editor, INALJ Alabama Tackling the Job Search with Evernote Those familiar with the note-taking app Evernote know that it serves a variety of uses. It helps researchers organize and track data, collaborate and share drafts and documents with colleagues, and delegate study-related tasks. Foodies use it to manage and share recipes…

Cool New Webinars

by Renee Holden, Head Editor, INALJ Nebraska Cool New Webinars Working in a public library, my time is often spent at a reference desk answering questions from patrons, but I try to squeeze in webinars on various library topics at least once per week.  This keeps me updated on a variety of library issues and…

Thoughts on Libraries and Archives

by Gabrielle Spiers, Head Editor, INALJ Montana Thoughts on Libraries and Archives On Tuesday January 21st there was a post on the Archives and Archivists listserv which is the discussion list for the Society of American Archivists entitled “Do We Eat Our Young?” about the non-sustainable business models of archives and the effect that that…

The Cloud and Your Job Search

by Elinor Crosby, Head Editor, INALJ Nova Scotia The Cloud and Your Job Search When I was underemployed and doing a lot of job searching, resume re-tooling, and cover letter writing, I decided to pay for an upgrade to my Dropbox account. I’d already gotten a lot of free space by getting my friends to sign…