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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
2:33 am
MLIS programs
Hi,  I've decided I want to get a MLIS (or some version thereof) but I'm having a lot of trouble choosing a program.  There are a few major criteria I have for selecting a program, but really, if people could just give me some ideas about what they like or don't like about their programs, that'd be awesome.

Things I'm Looking For:
  1. Affordability - I live in Georgia, where the only school that offers a MLIS is Valdosta State, and it currently only has conditional accreditation.
  2. I'm specifically interested in research or reference focus areas; one of my main reasons for looking into Library Sciences is that, after a few years teaching in higher ed., I've realized I'd rather have a job where I'm paid to mostly do research, and minimally instruct.
  3. I'd prefer to take as few online courses as I can.  It's important to me that I establish good relationships with the faculty and other students in the program.
Like I said, I'd appreciate any advice I can get :)
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
9:08 am
Job market in Washington, DC
What is it like? I imagine it's really competitive but I just want to get a guage. My husband works here so I don't exactly have the ability to relocate that is apparently so important in finding a library job.
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
7:54 am
Question for those who have graduated
Hi all! I hope you all are having a good week. I am a first semester MLIS student at San Jose State University. I am having to a small paper on the value of information professionals and thought you guys may be able to help.  What I would like to know has to do with salary. So if anybody is interested I am looking to talk to those of you who already have your MLS and I am looking for following information:

~ yearly salary
~ benefits that you recieve
~ your location (city, state, country)

if you could email me at katrina@burchweb.net to discuses these that would really really cool! If you don't feel comfortable doing this, that's ok too, I understand.

The reason I'm asking is that I'd like to see a variety of areas and what type of pay is around the country/world.

Mods, I hope this okay, if its not feel free to delete

x-posted, sorry!

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
9:05 am
Interview Questions
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here goes.

I'm currently (and slowly) working on my School Library Certification (Librarian IV), and my local public library is looking for a Library Associate. Now, one of the last things I have to do for this certification is an internship type deal, but the entire thing is online, so I'm not sure what that means. In my experience so far, a lot of my "classmates" are in library's already.

But here's my point: the application process for this position is somewhat extensive. I've made it through two phone interviews and have an in-person interview today. The thing is, I have no idea what they're going to ask me. What do they have left to ask me? They've already gotten a taste of my experience in libraries, and my views on a library's goals and purposes as well as what to do with unruly patrons.

Secondly, what sort of questions should I ask them?. (I always feel bad when I have nothing to say when the "question asking" gets turned over to me.


Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
10:51 pm
My New Library Blog
I have decided to take my livejournal and make it specifically for library related items that I come across. I am considering a career as a librarian and will use this blog to research. Join in! Would love if you would become my friend and join in on the fun.
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
10:11 pm
Willing to answer a few quick questions about your library?

I'm a library school student, and I'm doing a research project on intellectual freedom in public libraries. I'm looking for a public librarian who might be willing to answer four brief (I promise!) questions about his/her library or library system's intellectual freedom policies. I think this is a really interesting topic--especially right now--and I would love to hear what your library's approach is to the issue. If any of you all would be interested, I would be so appreciative!

Thank you in advance for any help.

 (Please excuse the cross-posting! I'm really hoping to find someone to help, so I've also posted to librarians and libraries. Let me know if this is inappropriate/a nuisance. Thanks again.)
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
2:30 pm
When to start applying for jobs?
Hello all,

I have a question regarding the first post-MLIS job. I graduate next May (2009)! So excited. While I certainly know that I can't start applying for jobs prematurely, I'm wondering--how early is too early? At what point is a soon-to-be-graduate eligible to start sending out applications? I figure the rule of thumb here is about five months prior to commencement, but I thought I would solicit some advice from library grads. The reason I ask, by the way, is that a library I would LOVE to work for that seemingly never hires just opened up a job opportunity that closes at the end of next month, and I am squirming!

Thank you all for your help. It's much appreciated.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
8:45 am
Hello all.   I was looking into the MILS at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.   Anyone here attend WSU?   Any insight into their program is appreciated.

My overall question for everyone is why a Masters in Library and Information Science?    Any stories on why you've gone into this field is appreciated.
Friday, April 13th, 2007
12:30 pm
Whither the Shy Librarian? or A Dose of Realty
(This board's so upbeat I hesitate, but ...) Thirty-four years ago after nearly a year of awkward interviews that netted just one callback, to a small newspaper, ruined when I cracked a bone in a bicycle fall, I gave up and entered the USPS. My father insisted I start earning something off my English Lit degree. I’d convinced myself I was too shy for a “real” job. For decades I've been an autodidact, reading three foreign languages, seeing many thousands of films, keeping up with lit, film, science, and computer rags, not to mention mountaineering, photography, and more. Then in 2005, with dreams of retirement into a double-dipping second career, I received my MLIS.

Two years later I’m wondering whether I’ll suffer the postal service into my eighties. This is the Bay Area. Every six months SJSU cranks out a hundred or so new librarians, many no less so than myself expecting to find jobs here. As a straight out of high school undergrad, I’d been a perpetual class vegetable. I overcame that old shyness to participate in library school class discussions, endless group projects, even to lead some group projects, but my first tripartite panel interviews for Librarian I threw me.

Now after several, I’m getting them down. I find well-reasoned responses to all the common and some of the less common queries. Two or three times, when I’ve lucked into a late afternoon slot following a day off so that I wasn’t suffering night-worker jet lag, I even turned the interview into a conversation. But the closest I’ve come to success is “You were a strong candidate but we chose people with more appropriate backgrounds.”

Perhaps age or even gender hurts (I’m a youngish 57 and male), but I fear the “appropriate” refers to my USPS years and the shyness I can’t hide even when I perform well. In recent years I’ve interacted as a patron with many dozens of librarians. A small but persistent minority seem so meek, some clearly even shyer than I am, that I can’t imagine them succeeding against the panels I’ve faced. An equally small, just as persistent, but only marginally overlapping minority has customer service or interpersonal habits I would have recognized as dead wrong even if I’d never set foot in library school. How on earth did these guys pass a panel interview?

I’ve volunteered quite a bit, though recently the USPS has made it impossible. I left school so ingrained in librarianship it seldom leaves my thoughts. Halfway through The Gold Bug Variations, I can’t help regarding its librarian protagonist as a colleague. No one wants an MLIS page, but all along I’ve applied for Aide and Assistant as well as Librarian. Financially I can’t leave the USPS unless straight into a job paying 25K or more. Leaving the job-tough Bay Area is impossible for family and financial reasons. Even without those, I’ve been a fixture at the PFA and SFIFF too long to leave for some boondocks like Fresno.

So my question, especially for shy librarians, even better shy second-career librarians in tough job markets, is how on earth did you break in? Has librarianship somehow become such a performance art that the bashful need not apply?!
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
8:14 am
MLIS and PhD
I posted this in the 'library school' community, but answers to the more specific questions were not to be found, so i figured i'd try here as well:

I'm in a combined Masters/PhD program, and while i love my field and i'm enjoying grad school as much as one can expect (in that usual masochistic way), i'm finding that i don't really like teaching all that much. I may just be too new at it and will aquire a taste for teaching later, but in the meanwhile i'm thinking about other career options besides professorship, library science being one of them. So to that end a question or two...

Any thoughts about trying to go to library school while ABD? Anyone done this? Did you actually finish your dissertation? Are there complications with technically being a student at two places at once? How did you break the news to your PhD advisor that you weren't on the standard academic career track, and how did they take it?
Monday, October 16th, 2006
12:29 pm
Art Librarianship
Anyone out there interested in art librarianship? I'm at SLIS at Indiana, where we have a stong program - is anyone from Pratt doing their program? What about people creating their own specializations at other schools?

As a soon-to-be grad, where do other people look for job posting? The ArLiSNAP blog which is good for finding compilations of jobs. Check it out and let me know what you tihnk!

Current Mood: energetic
Monday, September 25th, 2006
9:39 pm
Qs about entry-level academic librarian jobs
I am in the final semester of my MLS program. In about 2 and half months, I will be done with my studies! :-) Since this July, I started applying for jobs. I already have a Masters in History. However, I often hear that it is quite difficult to land an entry-level academic librarian job. My areas of interests include subject specialization in history as well as reference and instruction. By the time I complete my MLS this December, I would have gained three years of experience in reference services and user instruction as a GA. Apart from this, I also have one year of work experience as an archives intern. Is there any chance that my graduate assistantship experience would help me in landing an entry-level academic librarian position? As far as the location goes, I am quite flexible. Although my heart yearns for the Midwest:-), I am open to moving to other regions. I would really appreciate your comments and advice. I would also love to hear about the experiences of other newly hired academic librarians. Usually, how long does the application/selection process take? When may I expect a reply from the institution(s)?

Thanks in advance!

Current Mood: anxious
Friday, June 30th, 2006
10:01 pm
Telephone Books and listservs???

I hope all of you are enjoying your Summer.  If you're taking a Summer Class like me, I hope that is moving along nicely as well.

I was wondering if any of you would be able to help me with a little something related to telephone books.

Most of our out-of-state phone books here at the library where I work  are quickly becoming out of date, so we are going to need to replace them.  As many of you may know most phone companies do not want to send them for free anymore, so we need to come up with a cost effective alternative.

My supervisor mentioned that we do have access to ReferenceUSA through NJKI, but she was wondering what other public libraries do for out-of-state phone books.

Also, can anyone recommend a good public library listserv (besides something on LJ) for my supervisor and myself.  Now, I know I probably have that information somewhere in my old notes for my Introduction  to Reference Sources and Services, and I plan to check my old notes tonight.  :-)  But, some advice from my fellow student colleagues and colleagues would also be wonderful. 

Thank you in advance.  :-)

cross posted in librarians
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
12:33 pm
I thought I'd introduce myself...My name is Natalie, and I just recently graduated from the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I'm having a hard time finding a job, mostly in just getting either my resume noticed, or getting past the first interview. I realize it takes a while to find a job, and am not thinking I'm going to find anything until late August/September, considering I've been looking since April and graduated in May.

I really miss working in libraries right now though!

If anyone has any tips or similar frustrations...


Current Mood: determined
Friday, June 9th, 2006
9:46 pm
Requesting tips for academic librarian jobs

I will be completing my MLS in December 2006. I already have a Master of Arts degree in History. My ideal job would be an academic librarian position at a liberal arts college or an University. How difficult is it to get an academic librarian job? Approximately how long does it take to get a position? As I am planning to graduate in December, I would like to know when I should start applying for jobs. As far as the references are concerned, are applicants required to list current supervisors? Or, would it be okay to list names of previous supervisors? I am asking this question because I believe that my previous supervisors know me much better and would provide good references for any position that I apply. Any other suggestions for a new applicant on the job market? I would really appreciate your comments and suggestions.

Thanks in advance!
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
9:33 pm
houston area community college job (reference librarian)
(Cross-posted to LibrarySchool since LibraryGrads seems to be dead...)

San Jacinto College - SE Houston

http://www.sjcd.edu/future_employees.html > Available Positions > Search Positions > [position title] reference librarian

Feel free to email me at ebylib AT yahoo for more info.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005
8:52 pm
Where did everybody go?
Is librarygrads dead? I graduate in June, and I could really use some chatter about what comes next.
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
11:15 am
Hi, I'm a library student at University College London. I've just got my dissertation left to go now, I haven't started yet. I have just got a job as Assistant Librarian - Reader Services in a university library, which is very exciting. I will be starting in mid-July so I need to get lots of work done on my dissertation before then. It's all quite scary...
Friday, May 27th, 2005
3:10 pm
Catholic University?
Hey, y'all.

Anyone here recently graduate (or still taking classes at) Catholic? I'm trying to finish up my application, but I'm questioning myself before getting into the significant financial commitment of starting in the Fall. I'd love to hear some opinions about the program. Heck, I'd even love to meet up with you for coffee...

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
1:15 pm
Be a librarian in the Peace Corps
Hello everyone, just thought I'd mention I'm putting my MLIS degree to use as a Peace Corps volunteer. I'm more or less building an academic library in Nanga-Eboko, Cameroon. If the idea of international librarianship interests you or you're wondering just what it is I do in Cameroon check out my Website.


Richard Anderson
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