October 21, 2014

SLJ’s 2013 Job Satisfaction Survey | What’s Not to Love?

SLJ’s 2013 Job Satisfaction Survey | What’s Not to Love?

SLJ’s 2013 job satisfaction survey reveals widespread happiness among librarians, but challenges persist.

How To Become a 21st Century Librarian

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Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.

Modern librarians need to be comfortable and conversant with technology, be willing and able to speak in public, and possess people skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, as the profession and the expertise necessary for success are constantly changing.

A Job By Any Other Name | LJ’s Placements & Salaries Survey 2012

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As the general economy continues its slow climb out of recession, this past year offered ongoing unemployment and stiff competition for jobs, especially for school library media specialists and reference librarians. However, despite erroneous media reports that library and information science (LIS) is a dying field, there were numerous bright spots and unprecedented gains, ranging from positive salary growth to increased numbers of placements in agencies outside of library environments, and an exciting array of descriptors available to students seeking work inside the LIS field and elsewhere. This year more than 2100 LIS graduates responded to LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries survey, representing 34.7% of the 2011 graduating class from the 41 participating programs.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Types of Placements

Specifics related to type of agency and job responsibility likewise offer other images and measures of professional achievement.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Emerging Jobs, New Titles

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“Challenges have been plentiful!” was the common refrain across the 2011 graduating class. As the general economy continues its slow climb out of recession, this past year offered ongoing unemployment and stiff competition for jobs, especially for school library media specialists and reference librarians. However, despite erroneous media reports that library and information science (LIS) is a dying field, there were numerous bright spots and unprecedented gains, ranging from positive salary growth to increased numbers of placements in agencies outside of library environments, and an exciting array of descriptors available to students seeking work inside the LIS field and elsewhere.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Geography of Jobs

Salaries for new LIS graduates exhibited healthy growth that was dependent upon multiple factors, including regional differences such as relative cost of living and population density, while longitudinal data indicates that region plays a role in salary levels.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Microcosms & Gaps

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In a year that brought highs and lows for many graduates, the salary gap widened again with a 14.9% chasm between women and men.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries 8/3/12

Charley Barth has been named Director, Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives. Barth has 20 years of records management experience in the federal ­government. [...]

Career Insights: 2012 Mover & Shaker Carrie Banks

Some thoughts from 2012 Mover & Shaker Carrie Banks on her career.

Want to Work with Kids in a Public Library? Here’s the Inside Scoop

Want to Work with Kids in a Public Library? Here’s the Inside Scoop

It was 2001 and I was a year out of college, my dream of becoming a photographer neatly scrapped due to the slightly sobering fact that my photography skills, not to put too fine a point on it, stunk.