November 1, 2014

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.

The Class of Twentysomething: Degreed and Jobless | Backtalk

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Here we are: the spanking-new class of degreed librarians. Too many of us recent graduates are unemployed or—if we’re lucky—underemployed. In the meantime, we are librarians.

ALA Midwinter 2012: When Looking for a Job, Remember to Smile

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Job seekers in the library field need to remember that recruiters often highly value “soft skills.”

“First and foremost, I look at how they present themselves, how well they communicate, and I like when they smile a lot,” said Megan Alpaugh, a staff recruiter for the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

An Excess of Ethics | Blatant Berry

No principle or rule of professional ethics requires that library workers forfeit any of their rights or job benefits in order to hold their jobs. Support for professional development and advancement is a benefit of working in good libraries. This often includes time off and even payment of costs for conference attendance. I was surprised […]

Heed This Career Advice | Editorial

A tough job market demands creativity and commitment The job picture painted in the latest LJ Placements & Salaries Survey of library and information school grads reflects the realities of an unyielding economy. “It’s tough out there!” grads across the country told Stephanie Maatta, who has written the survey since 2003. Her report mirrors what […]