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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 this quote by Hélène Mialet, “Someone who is powerful is a collective, and the more collective s/he becomes, the more singular they seem.” I see INALJ in this same way.  Though I do…

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…