Top 5 LinkedIn Groups for Library Job Seekers

There are many places you can interact online with other library job seekers. What I love about LinkedIn is that overall the discussions tend to lean towards being more professional than they do on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. In no particular order:

    1. INALJ- The I need a Library job Group : I founded this group for several reasons. Facebook discussions show up in Google and other search engine searches so I was looking for a more private space. LinkedIn offered the possibility of a locked group that anyone could join but search engines couldn’t crawl. Also I wanted all discussions to take place in one place instead of scattered over Facebook and other forums.“A positive space online for information professionals, library staff and librarians looking for jobs to congregate and share tips and information.”
    2. LIS Career Options LinkedIn page A subgroup of ALA and founded and managed by Kim Dority, a renowned info pro, the LIS Career Options page is one of my favorites because the discussions go beyond the scope of library jobs and into related fields.“This is a forum devoted to exchanging information about LIS careers, both traditional and alternative, for LIS professionals, students, and those aspiring to a career working with information.One of the great things about LIS career paths is that they offer so many possibilities: in the type of work you do, who you do it for, whether you do it as an employee, a contractor, a part-timer, or a solo entrepreneur, what you get paid, etc. Our goals will be to 1) explore all of those options (and more), and 2) share career strategies and tactics for achieving career goals, otherwise known as “getting from here to there!”
    3. Librarians In The Job Market LinkedIn page: Started by Jason Mulack this group is a great place to find what other librarians job hunting love- it is full of tips and suggestions for blogs and other resources.“This is a networking group about potential available library positions.”
    4. Librarianship Job Search and Careers LinkedIn page A subgroup of ALA with a focus on job hunting.Job seekers and employers in the library and information science and technology field can meet here to discuss current events, best practices, and industry trends related to library jobs, as well as network. No commercial messages or job postings, please. Brought to you by ALA JobLIST.
    5. Librarian Alternatives LinkedIn page Geared towards those seeking jobs both within and outside the library community.In this market, libraries are feeling the “pinch” Many of us are temp workers and have been looking for the librarian career opportunity for up to 3 years since graduation.

If you have any recommendations please join our LinkedIn discussion online.

Kim Dority, the Infonista has a great list as well called Only Connect!

Updated 7/10/12 and reposted from 1/24/12 and 8/3/12

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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