How do I network when there are no openings?

Meredith Lavine, Artfulresumes.com:

Networking with people who are in or who know others in the area of interest is the first step. Make a list of contacts and a list of libraries you wish to work for and look up those names in professional association and alumni directories and like sources to gather contacts.

Enlist your contacts to help you. We also suggest the job shadowing and “externship” options described in changing branches of librarianship.