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How I Recovered From Being Fired

by Nena Schvaneveldt, Head Editor, INALJ Utah (previously published 7/31/13) How I recovered from being fired My last blog post brought a lot of feedback. Most of it told me what I suspected: I wasn’t alone in having been fired. I know the questions I had were similar to the ones others had, so I…

Supplemental Questions: Pros & Cons

by Sarah Porter, Head Editor, INALJ California Supplemental Questions: Pros & Cons Currently, I am procrastinating answering supplemental questions on a job application, by writing a blog about supplemental questions.  If you are anything like me, then you are probably procrastinating by reading this blog when you should be answering supplemental questions. After reading this,…

My Friend Is Interested in Becoming a Librarian, …

by Jill Olsen, Head Editor, INALJ Nevada My Friend Is Interested in Becoming a Librarian, Can You Talk to Them? I seem to be getting this question a lot lately so I thought I would put it out here and talk about my recommendations to someone who is thinking about becoming a Librarian.  I’d love to…

Founders’ Day: what library outreach can look like

by Amanda Viana , Head Editor , INALJ Massachusetts . . . Founders’ Day : what library outreach can look like Every community has its own unique events that bring people together. In the town where I work, the Founders’ Day Picnic is one of those events. Organized by the town’s Recreation Department (all volunteers), Founders’…

How to apply for a job: resume & cover letter advice

by Tiffany Newton, Head Editor, INALJ Missouri How to apply for a job: resume and cover letter advice I’d assumed that anyone with a bachelor degree knows how to apply for jobs, but I was surprised by how many graduating students asked me for help at the reference desk at an academic library. Usually when…

Some Thoughts as a Novice Researcher at a New Job

by Matthew Tansek, Head Editor, INALJ Rhode Island Some Thoughts as a Novice Researcher at a New Job One thing that can be hard to do once you get settled into any new job, is find avenues of research.  Perhaps those fresh from college, with professors words still ringing in their ears will jump onto…

Prepping for the Job Interview

by Sara Dixon, Head Editor, INALJ Kansas Prepping for the Job Interview For this blog post, I want to share some ways that I prepare for job interviews. I’m told that I prepare too much sometimes, but I just feel more comfortable the more that I prepare.  The one thing I try to remember, and…

INALJ Book Club : 5 Recommended Reads

by Emily Guier, Head Editor, INALJ Wyoming INALJ Book Club I recently moved to a new town, and in doing so, left my established book club in Laramie. I’m going through book club withdrawal and have subsequently been brainstorming different book club scenarios I could create in my new town. That got me thinking about…

Spotted the Perfect Job? So Did Your Friend …

by Shayna Monnens, Head Editor, INALJ South Dakota Spotted the Perfect Job? So Did Your Friend – The SAME Perfect Job This is it. You are at the stage where you are looking at open positions. Your head is 100% in the game. You have scoured the job market. The market is plumb for the…

What are your Weaknesses?

by Ashley Crace, Head Editor, INALJ West Virginia What are your Weaknesses? When I practiced for job interviews, I used notecards with common interview questions, gathered from varied sources.  I started doing this on recommendation from a friend and it worked well for me.  I felt more prepared and articulate in the actual interview. One…

What I Gained from Living and Working in a Small Town

by Kristen Jaques, Head Editor, INALJ Maine What I Gained from Living and Working in a Small Town From the moment I relocated to Simmons College in Boston for library school, I took right to city life and imagined that from then on, I would always work and live in the city.  When I graduated…

Being Daring as a Librarian: Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel

by Sandra Hoyer, Head Editor, INALJ Washington Being Daring as a Librarian: Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel on Creating Opportunities for Oneself I had the pleasure of meeting Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel during a brief, but exciting, time volunteering with the Smithsonian Institutions Libraries Cataloging department. What struck me most about Nadia was that she embodies the clever and resourceful…

Job Searching Tips for Introverts

by Amanda May, Head Editor, INALJ North Dakota Job Searching Tips for Introverts If you are an introvert, like me, you may not be the biggest fan of social interactions.  If I had to choose between a large group meeting and going to the dentist, I would probably choose to go to the dentist.  Nonetheless,…

References upon Request

by Marlena Barber, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee References upon Request When I was in undergrad, my advisor recommended adding “References upon Request” to the end of our resumes.  In between that time and graduating with my MLIS, that common practice had changed. Internship and full time positions frequently come with online applications and ask for…

Teamwork

by Nicole Usiondek, Head Editor, INALJ Michigan Teamwork Not too long ago I wrote a blog on the seminar I attended that focused on work style preferences. The seminar was very insightful and was followed by a second seminar on effective teamwork strategies. In every work place scenario, teamwork comes into play some way or…

Rejected

by Shelley Macon, Head Editor, INALJ Florida Rejected Two months ago I tentatively dipped my toe in the job market.  I applied for a job.

So, now it has been two months and I haven’t heard anything from the employer.  No call.  No email. Nothing.  Now I know I shouldn’t take it personally.  In fact, several…

Best Regional Job sites

by Alexis Stapp, Head Editor, INALJ Minnesota Best Regional Job sites As a seasoned job hunter, you probably have some key websites you check daily for jobs, and/or subscribe to RSS feeds and are on various listservs.  INALJ is one of them, obviously!, but the ALA JobList makes the cut, too, I’m sure.  Perhaps the…

How to Deliver Great Customer Service: Lessons from an ALA Webinar

by Rebecca Crago, Head Editor, INALJ Virginia How to Deliver Great Customer Service: Lessons from an ALA Webinar As a newbie to public libraries, I was thrilled to participate in an ALA sponsored webinar on delivering great customer service a few weeks ago. While the session wasn’t taught by a librarian, the overall points discussed,…

Spotlight on Libraries-Thailand’s Neilson Hays Library

Sarah Parramore, Head Editor, INALJ Middle East/Arabian Gulf Spotlight on Libraries-Thailand What is it? The Neilson Hays Library and Galleries www.neilsonhayslibrary.com Where is it? 195 Surawong Road, Bangkok, Thailand   Why should you visit? This library houses one of the largest collection of English language materials in Thailand and features local artists in their domed…

Why I became a librarian

by Tiffany Newton, Head Editor, INALJ Missouri Why I became a librarian My interest in libraries started when I was very young. Some of my first memories are about me reading books (or at least looking at the pictures) at my local library. I still remember my library card number. We didn’t have actual cards,…

Being an Advocate for the Profession

by Lisa Huntsha, Head Editor, INALJ Sweden Being an Advocate for the Profession Almost every time I meet a new person and they ask what I do for a living, I am met with the same confused face when I answer: “I’m an archivist.” Then there is a brief moment of awkward silence when I realize…

Dystopian Future: YA Book Recommendations

by Renee Holden, Head Editor, INALJ Nebraska Dystopian Future: YA Book Recommendations I have had a lot of teens come to the reference desk recently saying that they want to read something similar to the Hunger Games.  When I ask them what they liked about the book they always say that they would love to…

Portable apps

by Duda Trickovic, Head Editor, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick Portable apps Portable Applications (http://portableapps.com/) is free app that lets you carry your favorite applications with you on an USB drive or Cloud drive, and use on any computer. For example, with the portable Firefox browser, you have all your settings and bookmarks with…

Defining Success: It’s All About Perspective

by Brad McNally, Head Editor, INALJ Ohio Defining Success There is something funny about the word successful – it is completely subjective. It is something everyone wants in life, but getting there is a source of a lot of frustration for many people. For some people, success is about having the most physical things: a…

Tips on Open Access Writing & Publishing

by Africa Hands, Head Editor, INALJ Kentucky Tips on Open Access Writing & Publishing Last month, I wrote about the 4 P’s of writing and publishing as described by Beth Evans during a NMRT webinar. For this month’s post, I continue the conversation this time looking at Maura Smale’s discussion open access publishing. Maura Smale,…

My Top 5 historical places to visit in Hartford, CT

Jennifer Crutchfield, Head Editor, INALJ Connecticut My Top 5 historical places to visit in Hartford, CT It’s the time of year when many families are looking for exciting and educational places to visit. Because of this, I wanted to explore my top five places I love to visit in Hartford. The Connecticut Historical Society is…

Know a Good Thing

by Caitlin Moen, Head Editor, INALJ Louisiana Know a Good Thing I’ve wanted to be a librarian for a long time.  I’ve wanted to work in an academic library for a long time as well.  I’m open to different duties and roles, but constrained by location because of my family.  I had a position that…

Rare books; not just for dusty people

by Caitlin Bailey, MLIS Rare books; not just for dusty people I started out trying to write a post about why I like rare books. Then I realized it was just as long-winded and wordy as the rare book blogs that I dislike and go out of my way not to imitate on my own…

Keeping Track of Your Accomplishments

by Diana La Femina, Head Editor, INALJ South Carolina Keeping Track of Your Accomplishments I’m learning a lot in my current administrative position, and not necessarily what I thought I’d be learning. It’s exhausting (I’m either traveling to or at work 14 hours out of the day) and I find the position really uncomfortable, but…

4 ways to answer, do you have any questions for us?

Dillon Wackerman, Assistant Editor, INALJ Illinois 4 ways to answer, do you have any questions for us? In any interview format – phone, video chat or in-person – the interviewers will eventually (or hopefully) ask the interviewee: do you have any questions for us? For the interviewee, asking relevant and pertinent questions can show not…

5 Reasons Why I’m Starting the Job Hunt Early

by Sean O’Brien, Head Editor, INALJ Colorado 5 Reasons Why I’m Starting the Job Hunt Early This week is kind of an exciting time for me.  Why?  Because I’m finishing up the last of my summer classes, which means that I only have a single semester left before I finish grad school.  But, with excitement…

Being Prepared: Building a Better Application Portfolio

by Brad McNally, Head Editor, INALJ Ohio Being Prepared: Building a Better Application Portfolio “Be Prepared” – it is the motto of the scouts and no doubt you have heard it countless times throughout your life. For any job related situation, from application submission to interview and job offer, it is better to have more…

Free Online Tools for Job Searching

by Elena Bubelich, Head Editor, INALJ Quebec Resuming Free Online Tools for Job Searches In my previous blog postings, I’ve presented some free tools for searching for jobs, so in this article I would like to resume this theme and to tell a little bit about other tools. So, 1. One of the most usual…

Knowing is Power: How I organize my job search

by Tiffany Newton, Head Editor, INALJ Missouri Knowing is Power: How I organize my job search As of June 23, 2013, I have applied for over 70 jobs and have had 15 interviews.  How do I know all this? I keep a record of it. When I first started searching for jobs, I asked some…

Location, Location, Relocation? My Journey

by Sara Dixon, Head Editor, INALJ Kansas Location, Location, Relocation? My Journey. Sometime last year, I read a short article about relocating to a city in order to find a job in a specific area.  I remember thinking this was kind of backwards.  Job first, relocation second.  I had always planned on relocating when I…

Reflections on Library Journal’s Lead the Change

Reflections on Library Journal’s Lead the Change by Rachael Altman, Head Editor, INALJ Alabama “Librarians are human change agents. Their product is a child who learns, a young person grown into a self-respecting adult; a changed human life altogether.” –Peter Drucker Last month I attended Library Journal’s Lead the Change Leadership Event Series at Alabama…

My Library Bucket List: Summer Edition

by Courtney Baron, Head Editor, INALJ Georgia My Library Bucket List: Summer Edition I’m in my second semester of library school now and still do not have a library job (nor am I planning on looking for one just yet). I try to stay connected to the field through INALJ and my collection development internship,…

Advice on Finding Career Advice

by Matthew Tansek, Head Editor, INALJ Rhode Island Advice on Finding Career Advice Right now as you are reading this there are thousands of articles, books and blogs out there waiting to provide you with all of the career advice you would ever need.  Unfortunately just sticking a couple of words into the google search…

Soon-to-be grads: have you considered an internship?

by Ryan Nitz, Head Editor, INALJ Alaska Soon-to-be grads: have you considered an internship? One of the most frustrating aspects of being a recent graduate in any field is the how-do-I-get-a-job-without-experience-but-how-do-I-get-experience-without-a-job conundrum. Well, if you’re still in your LIS program (not that it’s impossible to do an internship outside of school, but it’s harder and…

What (not) to do while job hunting

by Alexis Stapp, Head Editor, INALJ Minnesota What (not) to do while job hunting Here is my tongue-in-cheek guide to what you should do while job hunting: Take longer than a week to complete a single job application. Complain endlessly – especially to library school friends who are in the same boat. Be super disorganized…

Sharing My (Jobs) Sources

by Marlena Barber, Head Editor, INALJ Tennessee Sharing My (Jobs) Sources I go to many websites to locate open positions to share with Tennessee job hunters.  I would like to share a few of my favorite local and national resources here for you.  Each is also linked on the INALJ-TN page. 1.       ATLA  American Theological…