Career blog posts

“Oftentimes expressing gratitude suggests that I was in need, or I am putting myself in a vulnerable situation where I didn’t have the expertise or the confidence to solve my own problem.” With the holiday season upon us, the message of gratitude and thanks is…

Librarians have been experiencing something of an existential crisis in the last decade or two, thanks to the rise of the internet and sophisticated search engines, eBooks, budget pressures and other trends. But the past few years have been positive, and good news is on…

“So, where do you see yourself in five years?” It’s a dreaded interview question, usually asked by interviewers who either lack interviewing experience or who think it’s a useful indicator of a candidate’s ambitiousness. When there are so many innovative ways to conduct an interview,…

At LAC Group, our information professionals come from a variety of backgrounds and specializations. With a flexible range of services, from working on-site to virtually, our research analysts may find different experiences despite working for the same company. We interviewed one of our researchers and…

If you haven’t given much thought to personal branding (or don’t even know what it is), then please continue reading, especially if career advancement matters to you. Personal branding is the practice of developing a unique professional identity and message in order to distinguish yourself…

At LAC Group, our information professionals come from a variety of backgrounds and specializations. With a flexible range of services, from working on-site to virtually, our research analysts may find different experiences despite working for the same company. We interviewed one of our researchers and…

“Are you willing to relocate – Y/N?” This question confronts many job seekers and answering it is not as easy as just checking a box. As a library professional, you may feel especially conflicted, since there are a limited number of library jobs, and your…

I attended a recent discussion hosted by the Special Libraries Association Washington DC Chapter entitled, “Reinventing Yourself Professionally,” featuring a panel of librarians who reflected their own professional reinventions. The panel included Betsy Jayasuriya, Chief Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice; Raymond Maxwell, Assistant Librarian, Moorland-Spingarn…

"Cisco just offered me a job!" That's the kind of good news a job seeker would be excited to share on social media. However, it went from good to bad when the rest of the tweet was about the dilemma this person faced, weighing the…

Congratulations! You’ve earned your MLIS degree. As a new graduate, beginning your career is an exciting yet daunting concept. To help you navigate the transition from student to working professional, we asked LAC Group librarians to share some advice based on their experiences, explaining how…