Career Planning Articles and Resources
A collection of resources students can utilize as they develop their LIS careers and begin job hunting. Articles are selected by Kim Schroeder, LIS Career Advisor. If you would like to suggest an article for the spotlight feature, please contact Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Web Resources
- Resume Tips
- Cover Letter Hints
- Interview Hints
- Preparing for Interviews
- Phone Interview Tips
- Professional Articles
Making Your Cover Letter Work for You
Get Noticed! Powerful Accomplishment Statements Make an Impact
Librarian Job Interview Questions
Children's Librarian Job Interview
Job Seekers: How to Prepare for an Interview
Moving from Public Services to Systems: Interview Strategies
Breaking into Academia: The Dread Phone Interview
5 Phone Interview Tips
Additional job resources are available at our Job Resources page.
Nailing the Library Interview
Joe Hardenbrook presents a wealth of library career resources.
Academic Interview Process
Nanako Kodaira offers advice for getting into the academic library field.
Building Your Virtual Brand
Meredith Farkas summarizes how your ePortfolios can work to your advantage. Also, check out her wiki.
Finding a Library Job—Updated
Rachel Singer Gordon lays out the steps to successfully breaking into a tough but exciting job market.
LJ Placement and Salary Survey for 2010
The latest and the greatest from Library Journal on who is getting hired and how much they are getting.
Tactics for Job Hunting in Hard Times
A panel from the recent Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference highlighted the best ways to approach job searching, resume and cover letter–writing, the interview process, and more.
The article covers the worst way to find a job, the easiest way to find a job, and then maps out "The Invisible Job Market for Information Professionals."
Farkas, Meredith. Your Virtual Brand: Online Presence for Professional Success American Libraries, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 28, Mar 2010
Dewan, Pauline. Looking for a Library Job? Create an E-Portfolio Feliciter, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 169-171, 2010
Wolf, R. (2010). Simple guidelines for job seekers. North Carolina Libraries, 68(1), 31-32.
Strock, A. (2010). Job Searching Tips from a Circumstantial Job Hopper. The Unabashed Librarian, 156, 17-19.
How to Apply for a Library Job
Sample Librarian Resumes
Sample Cover Letter
Sample Librarian Curriculum Vitae
How To Apply For A Job
Handling Phone Interviews Professionally
Phone Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts
Early Career Survival
Librarians in the Information Age: Alternative Uses of MLS Degrees
Ongoing Job Development