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3 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

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by Veda Darby Soberman, former Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii 3 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back Perhaps you joined the fray of job seekers full of hope and confidence, but searching for a library job can be a difficult road.  You could grow quite disheartened as time passes with little or no job prospects, as…

SWOT Analysis: A Handy Business Tool for Library Job Seekers

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published on 10/4/13 & 5/16/14 SWOT Analysis:  A Handy Business Tool for Library Job Seekers Being successful in a job search is not unlike finding success in business. As in business, it is important to know the internal and the external factors which can affect your…

Bringing Humanity into Libraries

Bringing Humanity into Libraries by Angela Piccola, Senior Editor Libraries function as a common ground to nurture knowledge and foster community. The idea of the library being a brick and mortar storage house for books has shifted in the new digital age. What more can we do as a profession other than to provide answers…

Knowledge is power: an Ideal Library Community Center

Knowledge is power: an Ideal Library Community Center by Angela Piccola, Senior Editor   Libraries often expand programming to best serve the community. Libraries have to be receptive to the needs of patrons and adapt accordingly to maintain relevancy within the community. During difficult times, such as a recession, the unemployment rate goes up causing many…

5 Resources to Produce Great Library Displays

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…

New Year of Professional Development: 7 Great Sites to Use

by Angela Piccola, Senior Editor New Year of Professional Development: 7 Great Sites to Use   Each year we have new opportunities to improve and grow as information professionals. Free resources to engage and further our knowledge skillsets are available in several different online formats. There are some set to the standard classroom and module…

Response to Rejection: A Networking Opportunity

by Veda Darby Soberman, former Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published 8/7/13 Response to Rejection: A Networking Opportunity All job seekers will have been rejected for a position or two…or many.  Those letters, phone calls or emails can each feel like a stab in the heart of to one’s hopes and dreams, but it doesn’t…

Connecting with potential library users

by Emma Pinault, Senior Editor, INALJ Florida,  INALJ Idaho, INALJ Indiana, INALJ Iowa, INALJ Kansas, INALJ Georgia, INALJ Hawaii Connecting with potential library users A long-standing and frustrating question for libraries everywhere is how to draw in potential library users. Often, many of the people in a community who would benefit greatly from library services are…

Consider the Public Library

by Emma Pinault, Senior Editor, INALJ Florida,  INALJ Idaho, INALJ Indiana, INALJ Iowa, INALJ Kansas, INALJ Georgia, INALJ Hawaii Consider the Public Library Many of us, in college and in library school, fell in love with the academic library. It might have been a little intimidating to an undergraduate freshman, at first, but a good university…

Cold Feet About Cold Calling

by Veda Darby Soberman, former Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published 12/16/13 Cold Feet About Cold Calling Cold calls have long been used by businesses to sell their services or products.  We all dread those telemarketing calls, and junk emails, and we easily hang up or press delete to avoid the sales pitches, but cold…

Footloose and Fancy Freelancing

by Veda Darby Soberman, former Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published 11/6/13 Footloose and Fancy Freelancing If you are unemployed, underemployed, or just looking for a change, why not consider freelancing? A lot of the skills and knowledge of the information professional are sought after in the freelance market.  Beyond the usual suspects of writer, editor,…

How to Break Out of the Library Field & Feel Good About It

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii previously published 7/9/13 How to Break Out of the Library Field & Feel Good About It I am sure some INALJ followers have noticed that INALJ posts more than just what are considered traditional library jobs.  If you look at the page I edit, INALJ Hawaii, you…

Keeping a Career Journal

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii Keeping a Career Journal We often get caught up in our busy lives. Do you ever have those weeks which zip by, but by the week’s end you can’t even remember what you did? Surely, you must have done something because you are completely exhausted. Keeping a career journal, like other…

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…

Pre-planning for a Low Stress First Day

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii Pre-planning for a Low Stress First Day “You’ve got the job!” is what we all hope to hear eventually.  After your job search journey ends with a new position, you are likely to be a bundle of excitement and nervous energy on your first day.  The last…

Anxiety-Free Interview Wardrobe in 20 Pieces or Less

. . by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii Anxiety-Free Interview Wardrobe in 20 Pieces or Less Dressing for an interview can be a challenge. I enjoy fashion, and I usually know how to put together a great outfit, but something about dressing for a job interview can throw me for a loop. I…

Seeking a Library Job While Employed

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii Seeking a Library Job While Employed Many of us are lucky enough to be in the process of hunting for our dream library jobs while currently employed either in another library job or at a job in a different field.  Even if you think you already have…

e-Portfolio Primer

by Veda Darby Soberman, Head Editor, INALJ Hawaii e-Portfolio Primer So, you’ve entered the job hunt armed with a basic arsenal of a well-crafted cover letter, polished resume and stellar references.  Don’t think you are fully prepared yet.  One more weapon which is making its way from auxiliary to essential is the e-Portfolio.  An e-Portfolio…

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…