Career development

Whether you like them or not, your boss is a driving factor when it comes to career advancement. If you’re looking to get another job or promotion within the company, a great letter of recommendation from your boss could be the deciding factor that makes…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: If you are looking to make a change to a different sort of librarianship, we suggest coming at it from a few different angles. Set up introductions and ask for an informational interview or the opportunity to job shadow or even propose…

Kathleen Schmidt, Recruiter, LAC: There are many exciting career opportunities on the vendor side. Sales positions are generally both lucrative and provide a way of using your library skills in a non-traditional way. Content licensing is a very marketable skill set and in high demand.…

Kathleen Schmidt, Recruiter, LAC: There are incredible opportunities in special libraries. Many find work conducting business or legal research, working as a research analyst. There are books available through ALA, SLA about the subject.

Continuing education is critical, particularly in the library and information sciences because most of those roles presuppose a fairly strong technical component. Technology moves at a very rapid pace, and information workers are expected to be ahead of the curve. In addition, workers who are…

Most library publications have information on how to submit and article. Contact the publication contacts and be prepared to submit writing samples. Please note-if you have a blog or maintain your own website realize that employers can and will read the contents. Irrespective of free…

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com: Do some honest self-assessment of your skills and interests. This could be done informally or through an assessment such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or working with a career coach to identify your aptitudes and areasof interest. Here are few things to…