Mapping out your library career – 3 great reads

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ Vermont

Mapping out your library career – 3 great reads

MaryMichelleMooreHow to stay afloat in the academic library job pool edited by Teresa Y Neely How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool

So you want to work as an academic librarian but you’re not sure what the interview process will look like or what the search committee expects from you?  This slim volume takes you through the search process for a librarian in an academic library – from the initial screenings of CVs/resumes to the on-campus interview and negotiating for benefits.  Written specifically for newly-minted MLIS graduates, it is an approachable guide of what to expect as you apply for jobs in university libraries.   For example, did you know that, the search committee may begin their search before the “closed” or “best consideration” date?  So if you are interested in the job – move fast.  Also, be aware that for most academic job listings you should probably meet most of the preferred qualifications as well as the minimum requirements to be considered a top tier candidate.

LIS Career Sourcebook managing and maximizing every step of your careerLIS Career Sourcebook : managing and maximizing every step of your career by G. Kim Dority

Written by the manager of LinkedIn “LIS Career Options” and the founder of her own information strategy and content development company, this book is a great guide to non-traditional LIS careers.  Written as a guide for library staff at every phase of their career, this book provides an overview of different career stages you will encounter on your journey as well as strategies and advice on how to navigate each period.  This is a great guide for plotting out long term career goals and charting future efforts.  This book is a great read if you’re thinking about looking at LIS careers outside of libraries, or if you just want to look at different options as you embark on your new career trajectory.

What do employers want? : A guide for library science students by Priscilla Shontz & Richard Murray What do employers want  a guide for library science students

Written by the editors of LIScareer.com, this book is a great, easy to ready guide for library school students (and graduates) who are trying to find their first professional job.  Shontz strongly advocates that students start their job search while still in school and provides useful advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews and creating your professional identity.  One of the greatest parts of this book is the anecdotes from many hiring managers within libraries who shared their experiences with the authors.  In addition to the job search recommendations, there is a wonderful section on professional development that will provide ideas on how to strengthen your resume.

  1 comment for “Mapping out your library career – 3 great reads

  1. August 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Mary-Michelle!

    I’d also like to second your recommendation of both “How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool” and “What Do Employers Want” – I use both as resources in the Alternative LIS Careers course I teach at DU.

    Another good source that’s just being published now is “Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career” by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Allen. I think it may be an October pub date.

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