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ALA JobLIST is a joint project of the American Library Association's American Libraries magazine, the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) C&RL News magazine, and ALA's Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR). ALA JobLIST hosts online job ads for American Libraries and C&RL News.

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"My goal is to provide information that is useful to you if you are trying to broaden your job search when finding a job in a traditional library is proving difficult, or if you just want to take your hard-earned skills and use them to try something new."
When I decided to pursue the MLIS seven years ago, it wasn't so that I could tap into a vast supply of readily available Librarian positions. I did it because I was drawn to the profession and intrigued about how technology was changing it. My first job search as a degree-toting Librarian was a ...
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“That’s not my job”: Developing a cross-training process in an academic library (C&RL News Jul/Aug 2016)

"Cross-training has become a growing trend in academic libraries: Library Journal’s Placements and Salaries 2014 survey cited respondents describing their positions as multidisciplined, and that they are 'expected to be able to transition among roles as needed.' More and more, libraries are transitioning to models that make cross-training essential."
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"The best [cover] letters were those where we could see the person behind the prose and that person was someone we would want as a colleague and a boss...Instead of writing in formal, stilted prose, they introduced themselves to us in a way that made us want to meet them. And that’s the whole point of the letter: to get you to the campus. Candidates for any position in higher education would improve their already challenging odds by remembering that."
A search for a new provost proved that many applicants fail to keep their readers in mind.
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Looking to speak with ‪#‎libraryjobs‬ employers at the ALA Annual Conference 2016? See the list of recruiters participating in the ALA JobLIST Placement Center at http://bit.ly/268iVKe and search ‪#‎alaac16‬ on ALA JobLIST for current ads from them (http://bit.ly/1ZX8iWE)!
Listed below are the names of employers who will have a recruitment booth and/or participate in the Open House/Job Fair in the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center during the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Open House/Job Fair will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon. Representatives will be available to talk with conference attendees about their individual work environments as well as activ...
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Nuclear errors, incompetent committees, and other reasons you weren’t offered the job.
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Entering a new workplace is scary. Entering a new profession, environment, and career all at the same time, is scarier. However, with a little help, the transition can be smooth. Before I even began my position at American University, I was assigned a mentor, another librarian at the AU Library.
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"The goal is to find the right person to fill the library’s needs. In other words, you need to tell us why you are the person we’re looking for."
As a public library system director, I've been a part of interview panels and helped to design interview processes. The goal is to find the right person to fill the library's needs. In other words, you need to tell us why you are the person we're looking for.
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"The more you understand about who your customers are -- and, in career terms, these are hiring employers -- the easier it is to convince them that you have what they are looking for."
To do that, you have to have a product worth selling and know how to sell it to a particular segment of customers, advises Joseph Barber.
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"...Wherever you start, your first job is just your first job. In other words, that first job is simply the first step in what will undoubtedly be a rich and varied path of professional projects, opportunities you can’t even imagine at this point, and a great learning experience. What it won’t be is the determining factor in what your LIS career will be for the next several decades."
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After having participated in five on-campus, academic librarianship interviews, I have learned a good deal through observation and immersion in the market’s ebbs and flows. As a follow-up to “Thing…
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"If you are an established full-time librarian, you’ve probably noticed that more of your coworkers are part-time than in the past. These new librarians have their own class of titles that imply part-time. Instead of librarian I, they’re librarian on call, per diem, or the euphemistic library specialist."
If you've recently graduated from an MLIS program, what I'm about to say isn't a shock: You are not full-time. If you are an established full-time librarian, you've probably noticed that more of your coworkers are part-time than in the past. These new librarians have their own class of titles ...
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Even if you’re not actively job hunting, reading job ads is a great way to prepare for the next step in your career. Job postings convey a whole lot of information: what you’d do on the…
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