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Library School Career Center: University of Pittsburgh

Hey look!  A new installment of the Library School Career Center feature! This is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.  


This interview is with Wes Lipschultz, Manager of Student Services in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center?  Please talk a little about how it is managed and run.

Our career support comes from three sources:

1) A centralized career development and placement assistance office at the University of Pittsburgh which hosts two liaisons to our School – one focused on career development (resume, cover letter, interview etiquette, mock interviews, monitoring your social media presence, etc.), and one focused on job placement (developing relationships with employers, connecting our students with those employers, etc.).

2) Student Services staff who host monthly professional development sessions (building a portfolio, looking at “outside the box” careers, how to network, etc.), and

3) A cadre of willing alumni/ae who have agreed to review resumes/cover letters/conduct mock phone interviews on an ongoing basis with our current students.

Are there “career experts” on staff?  What are their credentials?

The two liaisons to our school are career experts; their positions, experience, and professional associations are focused entirely on career development and employer relations.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√ Job Listings                      √ Resume/CV Review                   √ Help writing cover letters

√ Interview Practice                        √ Networking events

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments                                          √ Speakers, or programs that present experts

√ Mixers or other networking events          √ Job Fairs

√  Drop-in career center: Our liaisons are available M-F 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources   √ Newsletter

√ Twitter: @ischool_pitt

√ LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/groups/School-Information-Sciences-Pitt-41203/about

√ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ischoolpitt

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

Students should attend our monthly professional development sessions and avail themselves of the assistance of our career development liaison from the start. They may also wish to consider beginning to develop a professional portfolio during their first semester. As they gain more experience (through field experiences, volunteer work, and/or other formal or informal practical experience opportunities), they may wish to attend our professional development day and practice mock interviews with current alumni/ae. They then should begin to have our alumni/ae review their resumes, cover letters, etc. They should monitor our Facebook, LinkedIn, and listserv postings for job opportunities, and they can use the University’s central job database, FutureLinks, to access more general job postings as well.

May alumni use career center resources?

Alumni can attend our professional development sessions for free and can access FutureLinks for a nominal fee.

Are there any charges for services?

Yes – a nominal fee.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

One “outside the box” case was particularly interesting.  I was contacted by a local finance firm that was looking for someone to assist them in sorting through their documents, policies, records, etc. with the goal of coming up with an introduction and training manual for their employees. I posted this need to our listserv and was contacted by an MLIS student who had prior experience managing items in a museum. The fit seemed perfect to me, and the employer agreed. She was hired!

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

We wish to continue to sustain relationships between our MLIS students and traditional employment settings, but we are also noticing (and excited about) the fact that less traditional employers in Pittsburgh seem to face a growing need for the skills our MLIS graduates possess.  We are working on making connections with these employers and we are also trying to help our students realize that there are relevant and interesting opportunities in such settings as well.

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

All information pertaining to employment and employment statistics for our school can be found here: http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/about/career-resources.php

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

Pittsburgh has a rich cultural infrastructure worthy of a city many times its size.  As such, we have many opportunities for relevant experience for our students. We call our credit-bearing internships/practica “field experiences” and our students are encouraged to choose this option as part of their degree (all specializations allow for this as part of the degree requirements). We also have, on a very competitive and space-limited basis, the Partners Program.  This program is akin to a co-op for graduate students.  When a student is chosen for this program, they are placed in a local employment setting relevant to their degree for an entire year.  The student works between 10-20 hours a week in this setting and in turn typically receives a partial tuition scholarship.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

Our approach is multi-faceted and involves school staff, career staff, and alumni/ae of the School.  We want our students to be able to clearly articulate the skills they develop and map them to both traditional and nontraditional career settings.

Does the school have any relationships with organizations that offer fellowships or other post-graduate opportunities?

Yes – our faculty, staff, and liaisons are all connected with different potential employers, but as we become aware, we share job postings with each other and these postings make their way to our listservs.

Are there any notable graduates?

We have many alumni/ae who are known and respected in their profession. Each year we highlight those whose personal and professional achievements we deem as outstanding here:

http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/alumni/about/laureates.php

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

We are an iSchool. The iSchool comprises between 700-800 students total in a given year.  About 150 of those are undergraduates, 80 are doctoral students, and the rest are Master’s or certificate students. Of those, 250-300 are MLIS students.

What degree(s) do you offer?

In Information Science we offer an undergraduate degree, a Master’s, a post-Master’s certificate, and a doctorate.

In Telecommunications we offer a Master’s, a post-Master’s certificate, and a doctorate.

In Library and Information Science we offer a Master’s, a post-Master’s certificate, and a doctorate.

Is it ALA accredited?

Our LIS program is ALA accredited.

What are the entrance requirements?

Please see this site for our most current requirements for our on-campus MLIS degree:

http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/lis/degrees/mlis-admissions.php

…and this site for our most current requirements for our online MLIS degree:

http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/online-mlis/admissions/application-process.php

Where are you?

√ Northeastern US

Where are you?

√ Urban area

Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

The combination of the rich cultural heritage of Pittsburgh coupled with its small size and “down home” feel makes for a setting that uniquely engages the intellect yet makes you feel like you are family.


Brianna Marshall

This interview was conducted by Brianna Marshall, who is a second year dual-degree Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is Managing Editor for Hack Library School and a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. Learn more about Brianna through her blog and portfolio or by following her on Twitter @notsosternlib

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Library School Career Center: University of Washington

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.  


This interview is with Janet Matta, who is the Career Services Advisor for the Information School at the University of Washington, serving the career development of 850 iSchool students in four academic programs. Prior to her joining the University of Washington Information School, Janet was a Career Counselor at the University of Washington – Bothell, provided career support to high school students at a small nonprofit, Bainbridge Youth Services, and did her Career Counseling Internship with the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. She has a Masters of Education from Seattle University and an undergraduate degree in History from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In addition to her career counseling experience, Janet spent 6 years in environmental consulting for oil spill response, and gets excited about environmental science. Her diverse background means she’s great at connecting students to ideas and resources in a wide range of professional disciplines. Janet is deeply passionate about helping students find and create unique careers that are a perfect match for their interests and strengths, and loves teaching career skills like networking, interviewing, and salary negotiation to students. Learn more about Janet at www.linkedin.com/in/janetmatta/

Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center?  Please talk a little about how it is managed and run.

Janet is the Career Services Advisor for the iSchool, which includes the Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. Her office is in the Office of Student Services for the Information School which includes academic advisors, the admissions advisor, and support staff.

Are there “career experts” on staff?  What are their credentials?

Janet has 3 years of experience in career advising and over 10 years of experience in training and education of adults and youth. She has an M.Ed. in Student Development Administration, and spends every free moment possible staying up to date on hiring trends and techniques to help students succeed in their future jobs.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√  Job Listings                   √ Resume/CV Review                    √ Help writing cover letters
√ Literature/articles          √ Interview Practice                       √ General career coaching
√ Networking events

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments        √  Speakers, or programs that present experts
√ Mixers or other networking events          √ Job Fairs
√ Drop-in career center:  Set drop-in hours each quarter, and students routinely pop in when my office door is open.

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources   √ Blog: updated 1x per week
√ Facebook: updates to student group pages and the Office of Student Services Facebook page                              √ Newsletter: published online at http://ischooloss.wordpress.com/
√ Other: online and phone advising appointments to distance students, a jobs and internships database just for iSchool students and alumni.

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

I augment the resources available through the main UW Career Center, so I recommend that students visit and bookmark the content on the UW Career Center website, or visit with Career Center professionals for resume/cover letter reviews, and then to schedule an appointment with me if they want more specialized support! Attend workshops and employer information sessions to learn about common topics and to network with professionals. The more you attend that will help you network with professionals across a variety of industries and sectors the better, and not just with traditional libraries!

May alumni use career center resources?

Alumni can use our job and internships database, called iCareers, and can utilize web resources and the resources available through the UW Career Center.

Are there any charges for services?

Nope!

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

I have received a few thank you notes from students who credit their appointment with career services to increasing their confidence and helping them generate ideas and contacts that have led to internships or full time jobs. It makes me so happy to know that our services are helpful to students!

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

I advocate creativity in the job search and career development process! I ask students to think about their values and what they want to be doing every day, and then to think creatively about all the different environments and organizations that might benefit from their skill set that an MLIS and their other professional backgrounds provide. In a market that’s tough for libraries, our students are active and successful in a variety of corporate, nonprofit, or government settings in addition to traditional library environments.

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

We unfortunately have never had a response rate of over 51%  to surveys of our graduates, so we don’t currently have very accurate data on employment rates after graduation.

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

Internships for our MLIS students are highly encouraged! The more experience a student has the better, and internships can lead to great contacts and skills that will help you land a job later. I advocate that students take on as much internship or independent experience as they can to bolster their experience, their network of contacts, and their resume. Students work with me to find great internship options, and with their academic advisor to figure out how to get credit.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

The mission of iSchool Career Services is:

Mission Statement

We make information work for your career. The iSchool Career Adviser offers information on job search skills, advising on career development, and connections to resources and employers tailored to the information field. We help you to stand out and be noticed no matter where you are in your professional career.

Commitment to Students

Our first responsibility is to connect the student experience at the iSchool to the professional goals of our students.  We focus on the information profession and refer students to the UW Career Center for other general career counseling and workshops.

Commitment to Employers

Our students are highly qualified to fill roles as information professionals in a variety of organizations. We facilitate job recruitment through a fair and equitable process that is driven by the needs of our students. The iSchool supports and abides by theNational Association of Colleges and Employers Principles for Professional Practice.

Are there any notable graduates?

Too many to count!

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

Approximately 400

What degree(s) do you offer?

MLIS

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes

What are the entrance requirements?

  • Bachelors degree* or higher in any discipline (must be equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution)

  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (exceptions considered on a case by case basis)

  • Law MLIS program applicants must have:

○     JD from a law school within the US

When was the library school founded?

1911

Where are you?

√ Western US

Where are you?

√ Urban area

Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

We’re so lucky to be in Seattle, it’s beautiful here!


Brianna Marshall

This interview was conducted by Brianna Marshall, who is a second year dual-degree Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is Managing Editor for Hack Library School and a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. Learn more about Brianna through her blog and portfolio or by following her on Twitter @notsosternlib

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Library School Career Center: LIU Palmer

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.  


LIU Palmer 3

This interview is with Ellen Mehling, Director, Westchester Program and Internships, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, LIU Post.

Career Center Information

LIU Palmer 2

Who staffs the career center?

Career services (job hunting and career development) are provided by me [Ellen Mehling] for the Palmer School’s students and alumni. There is not an actual physical center; services are provided in various ways, online and face-to-face, one-on-one and in groups, for all Palmer School locations.

Are there “career experts” on staff? What are their credentials?

I’ve been an advisor on job hunting and career development for various groups including librarians/information professionals and library school students, for about eight years. I started in a former job, advising members of the general public and special populations who were seeking employment, and before long was being asked to teach workshops on the job search to other library professionals. In addition to my work at the Palmer School, I am Job Bank Manager and Career Development Consultant for the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).

I’ve trained other librarians on assisting job hunting patrons, and have taught classes/workshops, moderated or spoken on panel discussions and conducted mock interviews and more, at various venues. I write regularly on job hunting/career topics for various sites, including METRO’s. I’ve served on hiring committees and have been a successful applicant myself in recent years too, so I’ve seen and experienced first-hand what works and what doesn’t.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√ Resume/CV Review   √ Advice on writing cover letters
√  Interview Practice [mock interview]
√ General career advising
√  Other: Career Q&A on blog, webinars presentations/workshops (given by me), joint or guest presentations/workshops, recruiter visits, panel discussions, and full-day job hunting/career events. Some of these are open to students and graduates from other schools. I visit each of the Internship classes each semester to discuss resume writing. Palmer School students and alumni are also encouraged to make use of LIU’s Career Services in addition to the industry-specific career services provided by the School.

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments
√ Speakers, or programs that present experts

Do you provide online services?

Website with resources    √  Blog   √ Webinars
√ Twitter: @LIUPalmerSchool
LinkedIn     √ Facebook
√ Other: Career / Job Hunting Q&A, “Kiosk” student listserv (anyone can subscribe to the listserv)

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

Palmer School students and alumni contact me directly. Anyone can access the information on the blog and/or join the listserv or follow on Twitter, etc.

May alumni use career center resources?

Yes.

Are there any charges for services?

There is no charge.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

We are always delighted to hear that our graduates have found positions. Three recent hires among our alumni: Library Media Specialist in the Elmont School District, Archives Technician at the National Archives at New York City, and Archives Coordinator for NY at Cartier.

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

The job market is improving, but competition is still very strong, with many well-qualified applicants for each open position. Relevant skills and experience are necessary in addition to the degree, as are a strong network, patience, and a positive attitude. Students should start networking while they are still in school, and begin their job search before graduation.

LIU Palmer 1 March 5

Students’ Career Paths

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

A 120-hour internship is required for the Master’s degree students. It is usually done in the final semester. This benefits the students in a number of ways, including giving them experience to put on their resumes, and providing networking opportunities, both of which are crucial to job-hunting success. Students are encouraged throughout the program to get as much experience as they can, however they can, including volunteering, part-time jobs, project work etc.

Are there any notable graduates?

Bonnie Sauer at the National Archives at New York City
Caitlin McGurk at the Center for Cartoon Studies

LIU Palmer 4 March 5

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

Approximately 325.

What degree(s) do you offer?

MS in Library and Information Science
MS in Library and Information Science – School Library Media
PhD in Information Studies

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes.

What are the entrance requirements?

http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/Academics/Schools/CEIS/PSLIS/Graduate-Programs/MS-LIS/AdmisReq

When was the library school founded?

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science was established in 1959 on the LIU Post Campus of Long Island University. The Master of Science in Library Science was first accredited by the American Library Association in 1971. In 1992, the M.S. in Library Science was merged with the M.S. in Information Science and subsequently the name of the degree was changed to the M.S. in
Library and Information Science.

In 1995, the School began to offer the full accredited M.S. in Library and Information Science in Manhattan, and in 1997, the first class of students was admitted for the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies program.

Where are you?

√ Northeastern US

Where are you?

√ Urban area (NYC)
√ Suburban area (Long Island)

Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science is one of the most distinguished schools of library and information science in the country. With three program locations throughout the New York metropolitan area as well as online and blended courses, the Palmer School offers a broad portfolio of degree and advanced certificate programs taught by a faculty of distinguished scholars, researchers and hands-on practitioners. We prepare our students for careers for a digital world and help them skillfully harness the way information is preserved, valued and delivered to every facet of society.

Aside from the internship requirement, the Palmer School is known for personalized one-on-one advisement and support throughout the time students are in the program. This continues even beyond graduation with the services available to alumni. The three campuses are LIU Post and LIU Brentwood on Long Island and in Manhattan at NYU’s Bobst Library. There is also a Dual Degree (Master’s) program, offered at the Manhattan location.


Brianna Marshall

This interview was conducted by Brianna Marshall, who is a second year dual-degree Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is Managing Editor for Hack Library School and a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. Learn more about Brianna through her blog and portfolio or by following her on Twitter @notsosternlib

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Library School Career Center: Drexel University iSchool

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.  


Jennifer Lally

 

This interview is with Jennifer Lally, Event & Career Services Manager, Drexel University, The iSchool, College of Information Science & Technology. Jennifer Lally plans all the events for the college and manages a jobs page on the iSchool’s website, where she posts weekly full-time and part-time jobs that pertain to iSchool students.  Jennifer works with employers interested in hiring iSchool students, by setting up information sessions, webinars and field trips.  She also works with student groups helping them plan events.

Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center?  Please talk a little about how it is managed and run.

We do not have a “career center” per se; I am the only person in the iSchool’s office that deals with career services.  Drexel University as a whole has the Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC) where career services are offered to ALL Drexel students.  Each college is assigned someone from the SCDC to work with our students.  The iSchool at Drexel’s key feature is the job board we keep where any jobs received are sent to an email address where they are then opened and posted onto our website.  If students have career services questions, they stop in, call or email me.  I field the questions they have and decide which department they should speak to.  I am basically the liaison to all career services questions, I field the questions and then send them to the appropriate department/person.

We want the students to understand the resources we have available so we include a few career services slides in our mandatory online/on-campus orientation presentation in the beginning of each quarter.  We have a weekly e-newsletter, “The iSchool Weekly Digest” where announcements are sent out every Tuesday and we also have an announcements section in Blackboard Learn where I can post upcoming information sessions, networking events, internships, etc.  We have Graduate Peer Mentors who are available to speak to prospective and new library science students.  The Alumni Association also manages an Alumni Peer Mentoring Program, so students can sign up and find a mentor.  Students may schedule appointments with Ken Bohrer, Graduate co-op coordinator at the SCDC to talk about career questions, resume and cover letter review.  I also help the student chapters advertise the events they plan, which consist of information sessions, field trips, webinars, tours, networking events, resume review events.

Are there “career experts” on staff?  What are their credentials?

We have faculty mentors and we list on our website their specialty areas so students can contact them with questions.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

(If I do not directly provide this service, a department on campus does)

√ Job Listings   √ Resume/CV Review   √ Help writing cover letters
√ Literature/articles   √ Interview Practice   √ General career coaching
√ Networking events (virtual or in-person)
√ Other: We participate and help promote events sponsored by the student groups of professional library associations.

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments (Ken Bohrer does at the SCDC)
√ Speakers, or programs that present experts
√ Mixers or other networking events
√ Job Fairs (*The SCDC hosts 2 big career fairs a year one in October and one in April and I have an event every year after the October career fair inviting all employers who hire iSchool students and invite them to a private reception where students can speak to them one on one.)
√ Drop-in career center:  Students can stop in anytime from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Do you provide online services?

(If I do not personally do it, the Marketing team promotes on Facebook and Twitter; The student groups have webcasted events, I advertise in the e-newsletter)
√ Website with resources
√ Webinars   √ Podcasts   √ Twitter: @ischoolatDrexel
√ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ischoolatdrexel   √ Newsletter
√ Other: Blackboard announcements section.

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

To read the weekly e-newsletter that goes out every week, to join a student group and keep an eye on the iSchools job board.

May alumni use career center resources?

Yes, the jobs website is open to the public, so anyone can view it.  They can also contact the Career Services Office in the Department of Alumni Relations.

Are there any charges for services?  

No

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

Students that pay attention to the announcements and job board and become involved in the student groups are more likely to get an internship and gain the experience they need to get a job after graduation.

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

No

iSchool Alumni GardenDrexel iSchool: Bridge MagazineApril 25, 2011

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

Library Journal 2012 Placements & Salaries results.

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?  

We post all internships, practicums and volunteer projects on our job board and will highlight specific ones in our weekly e-newsletter.  We encourage students to take the practicum after they have 24 credits to help build their job portfolio and to become involved if they do not have any prior library experiences.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

No

Does the school have any relationships with organizations that offer fellowships or other post-graduate opportunities?

Yes, we received announcements like these from faculty members and staff on the student services team.

Rush Building at Night

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

We have 470 students currently enrolled in the library science program this winter quarter.

What degree(s) do you offer?

www.ischool.drexel.edu/PS/GraduatePrograms

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes

What are the entrance requirements?

www.ischool.drexel.edu/PS/GraduatePrograms/Admissions

When was the library school founded?

1892

Where are you?

√ Northeastern US

Where are you?

√ City/town


Brianna Marshall

This interview was conducted by Brianna Marshall is a second year dual-degree Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is Managing Editor for Hack Library School and a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. Learn more about Brianna through her blog and portfolio or by following her on Twitter @notsosternlib

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Library School Career Center: University of Illinois

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.  


Roy Brooks

This interview is with Roy Brooks, LIS Career Specialist at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science. He earned his M.A. in Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center?  Please talk a little about how it is managed and run?

At Illinois GSLIS, career services are coordinated by Roy Brooks, the LIS Career Specialist. The Career Specialist helps students figure out where they want to go professionally and how to get there.

Roy collaborates with faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends of the GSLIS program to deliver a full suite of services and programming that helps students and alumni through their career development process. Assistance can range from exploring career options to identifying deep experiential learning opportunities to salary negotiation, and beyond. GSLIS has a talented alumni base and making connections between students and alums is a primary strategy in affording students the opportunity to receive career advice from active practicing professionals in their interest areas.

Students also have access to services offered by the campus Career Center and Graduate College Career Services – both in-person and virtually and subsequently alumni have access to the University of Illinois Alumni Career Center.

Are there “career experts” on staff?  What are their credentials?

Roy Brooks has a wide range of experience working in both public and academic libraries as well as a masters degree in Library and Information Science. GSLIS also has a strong faculty, staff and alumni base that contributes to the career advising services.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√ Job Listings   √ Resume/CV Review   √ Help writing cover letters
√ Literature/articles   √ General Career coaching   √ Networking events  (virtual or in-person)
√  Other (Please Specify): Students are also able to take advantage of the GSLIS Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. With ASB, GSLIS staff assists students in finding one-week placements at libraries and other information service settings during Spring Break. These experiential learning opportunities are very valuable when exploring career opportunities and building a professional network.

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments   √ Speakers, or programs that present experts
√ Mixers or other networking events
√ Drop-in career center: As long as Roy is in his office, generally 9-5.

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources   √ Webinars   √ Twitter: @GSLIScareers 
√ LinkedIn
√ Other: Pinterest (new)

The careers website is in the middle of an overhaul — http://www.lis.illinois.edu/careers/explorecareers

Check back soon to see the new and improved GSLIS careers site!

Everything available to on-campus students is also available to online students. Students can call/skype or chat (GSLIScareers@gmail.com) with the Career Specialist by appointment or by “drop-in.” Evening/weekend appointments are also available for those students working full time or with busy schedules. Programs/workshops/speakers are available online and often recorded.

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

Start early! It is never too early in the program to start career planning – identifying career options, learning about job search strategies, practicing application writing and interviewing techniques, getting help with networking, navigating professional organizations etc. Everyone will need help or guidance with some aspect of career development and should check in with the Career Specialist to talk about their goals in order to identify where the school may be able to help them.

May alumni use career center resources?

Yes! All resources and services are available to alums.

Are there any charges for services?

No charge!

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

Advice for job seekers: Work hard! Start early. Network. Be flexible where possible. Become involved in student and professional organizations. Find a mentor. Obtain hands on experience. Ask for help! Stay motivated and poised. Stay organized in your job search. Build your “brand.” Ask for more help!

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Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

We survey recent graduates about their job seeking experience. The vast majority find positions shortly after graduation, but rates vary depending on geographic scope and area of specialization.

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

We recognize the importance of gaining hands on experience that complements a student’s academic program and highly encourage students to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. The GSLIS Practicum Coordinator works with students to identify and secure experiences.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

We aim to provide the most comprehensive services possible. If you need help, we will find a way to help you – even if that is outside of our advertised suite of services. We understand that you come to our program seeking a rewarding career and we want to do all we can to help you realize your goals.

Are there any notable graduates?

Too many to list!

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

665 students in the MS program

What degree(s) do you offer?

MS LIS, CAS LIS, PhD LIS

More on Programs of Study: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes.

What are the entrance requirements?

Bachelors degree, 3.0/4.0 in the last two years of undergrad study, resume, essays, three letters of reference.

More details at: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/admissions/requirements/ms

When was the library school founded?

1893

Where are you?

√ Midwestern US

Where are you?

√ City/town

Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

Our programs include the longest running LIS doctoral program, an award winning online education program, LEEP, and robust continuing education opportunities. Our students benefit from ample engagement with the vast resources of the University of Illinois library.


Nicole HelregelThis interview was conducted by Nicole Helregel, a second-year master’s student at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science. She works as a graduate assistant at the Funk ACES Library She hopes to one day become a reference or outreach librarian at an academic library. Find her on twitter (@nhelregel) and follow her blog here.

 

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Library School Career Center: San Jose State University

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.  I’m particularly interested in this one because SJSU is my alma mater, and I know first hand that our career center is an excellent resource.  


This interview is with Jill Klees, Career Consultant/Employment Specialist in the Career Center at San Jose State University. Jill has worked in the career coaching field for over 15 years in both academic and corporate environments. She directly supports the School of Library & Information Science as well as the College of Engineering and Department of Computer Science. Jill is highly skilled in resume writing and helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavioral from the University of San Francisco. Previous to her role at SJSU, Jill gained extensive experience working in start-up, non-profit and technology-based industries providing career-related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace. As you might expect, SJSU SLIS’ extensive library-specific Career Development Resources are available online.

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Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center? Please talk a little about how it is managed and run.

Our School, in collaboration with the San Jose State University Career Center, develops and manages career resources and services for our graduate students, alumni, and the Library and Information Science (LIS) community. Career Counselor Jill Klees is our School’s Career Center liaison, and she works closely with SJSU SLIS faculty member Jane Fisher in developing career resources that are customized to the library and information science field.

We have an entire section of our website (http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/career-development) that is dedicated to career development. Students can access tools to help them pinpoint their career direction. They can view resume and cover letter directions and samples. They can get tips for conducting a successful job search, including how to use social media in their job search. They can learn how to create a career e-portfolio for sharing with future employers. The website has a wealth of valuable information about careers, and all the career resources are freely available to the public.

Our students also have access to SpartaJobs, which is an active list of job openings. They can contact us for individualized career guidance, such as resume and cover letter assistance. We meet with students – typically this is done virtually – to provide career guidance as well as very specific suggestions for improving resumes and tailoring cover letters.

We also send a monthly e-newsletter to students and alumni that includes job search tips, hot jobs, and career resources. Employers contact our Career Center looking for information professionals to fill open positions. We include these exciting job opportunities in the newsletter – sometimes they haven’t yet been advertised to the public.

We facilitate virtual career development workshops on a variety of career topics, and we offer bi-monthly virtual Career Colloquia featuring industry professionals who share tips, resources, and ideas for employment in the LIS field. For example, we recently, produced an employer meet-and-greet that featured the hiring managers at Credo Reference. Students were able to ask questions and learn what this employer, in particular, looks for in applicants. All workshops and colloquia are held online via web conferencing, allowing for real-time interaction. They are also recorded and available on-demand as webcasts and podcasts. Our Career Colloquia are open to the public for free.

Are there “career experts” on staff? What are their credentials?

Yes, both Jill Klees and Jane Fisher have a solid background in career development.

Jill is a career expert with over 15 years of experience in the career development field. She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is certified to administer numerous career assessment tools.

Jane has worked in the LIS field for more than 30 years. She has been a part of the industry as it has evolved, giving her a unique perspective on how to be successful in the field and conduct a job search.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√ Job Listings – Job listing sites and other job search resources are freely available on our School’s website. These resources are open to everyone. Students also have access to SpartaJobs, the San Jose State University campus job and internship database.

 √ Resume/CV Review, writing cover letters – The SLIS Career Development website has information and examples for effective resumes, CVs and cover letters. Both Jill Klees and Jane Fisher are available to critique final draft versions of each of these documents and provide detailed feedback to students.

√ Literature/articles – Yes, the SLIS Career Development website provides links to many relevant articles, job sites, blog posts, and journals.

 √ Interview Practice – Interviewing tips and strategies, including practice questions, are available on the SLIS Career Development website. There is also a link to an online mock interviewing tool free to SJSU students called Perfect Interview where students can record themselves practicing an interview. Jill Klees also offers mock phone interview practice as part of her services for SLIS students.

√  Networking events (virtual or in-person) – Our School understands the critical role networking plays in career development. We provide numerous opportunities for networking:

  1. Student chapters: All new MLIS students receive a complimentary one-year membership in their preferred professional association, including the American Library Association, Special Libraries Association, American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and ARMA International. Students also benefit from the opportunity to participate in our School’s active professional association student chapters. Students interact with their peers and professional leaders through virtual networking events, workshops, and conferences, as well as blogs and online discussion forums. Our student chapters have won numerous awards recognizing their excellence and their innovative approach to serving online students, including the 2009 and 2010 ALA and the 2012 ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year. Current SLIS students can also join the combined student and alumni group, SLISConnect.

  2. Professional Conferences: SJSU SLIS participates in professional conferences and meetings held all over the U.S., Canada, and internationally. We host networking receptions at many conferences, and our students and alumni are always welcomed. It’s a great way to reconnect with colleagues and make new contacts.  A list of upcoming conferences we plan to participate in can be found on our website.  

  3. Internships: Student interns gain real-world experience for building their resumes and make new contacts with potential future employers. SJSU SLIS students have the option to complete an on-site internship located near their home. Or they can complete a virtual internship, where they interact with a host organization that may be located nearby or across the continent. Our expansive internship program gives students the opportunity to engage in exciting learning opportunities that fit their career aspirations, regardless of where they live. We offer more than 200 virtual and physical internship opportunities each semester.

  4. Career Colloquia: Our Career Colloquia feature guest speakers, who include information professionals and hiring managers from a variety of professional settings.  They discuss their work, the skills and experiences required to pursue a similar career pathway, and recruitment opportunities. If students have questions, they are often able to contact speakers directly by email and phone.

  5. Student Assistantships: Many SLIS students work as student assistants, helping SJSU SLIS faculty and staff while gaining hands-on experience with research and professional projects. Student assistantship opportunities vary each semester. Student assistantships are paid part-time positions.

Do you provide in-person services?

√  Appointments – In-person appointments are available. Since our School is 100% online, most appointments are conducted via email, web conferencing, phone, and instant message. If students or alumni live close to campus, they can choose an in-person, on-campus appointment.

√  Speakers, or programs that present experts –Our Career Colloquia series is held fully online, and all sessions are recorded and made available on the SLIS website.

√   Mixers or other networking events- Many of our student chapters host in-person social gatherings/mixers and set up tours of their local libraries. Our School also hosts networking receptions at professional conferences where current students can mingle with alumni, faculty, and friends of SLIS.

√  Drop-in career center - Jill Klees is available for drop-in consulting for students who are close to the San Jose campus and the SJSU Career Center.

Do you provide online services?

SJSU SLIS offers a wealth of online career development resources and services. These resources include self-assessment quizzes to help you pinpoint your career direction, résumé workshops, job search tips and strategies, job listings, and career guidance. All of our career resources are freely available 24/7 on our website: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/career-development

√  Website with resources – updated regularly

√  Blog – new posts once month

√   Webinars – monthly Career Colloquia and Career Workshops

√  Podcasts – Career Colloquia are made available as podcasts and webcasts for access after the live program.

√  Twitter – We live tweet during our Career Colloquia. We also share career-related article links and job search tips.

√   LinkedIn – We post upcoming SJSU SLIS career events to LinkedIn library and information science discussion groups such as LIS Career Options, Job Skills for Future Librarians, and Librarianship Job Search.

√   Facebook – We share career-related article links and job search tips on our SJSU SLIS Facebook page.

√  Newsletter – emailed monthly to all students.

√  Other – We have a board on Pinterest dedicated to careers. Follow our “Explore Career Paths” board.

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

We recommend that students use our career development resources and services “early and often”. By that we mean that students should think about and focus on their professional career paths throughout their time in our graduate program. Don’t wait until you are graduating. Begin in your first semester by exploring the career development site, and using the tools to help determine how your course choices can help you pursue your future career ambitions. Learn how to conduct informational interviews and to network while you are in school. Take advantage of opportunities to increase your understanding of traditional and non-traditional work settings where you can use skills learned at SLIS. We encourage students to use the resources and to contact us if they need help, have questions, or just want to learn more about the possible career paths open to SLIS graduates. We want students to be successful!

 May alumni use career center resources?

Alumni may freely use all of the resources publicly available on the website and participate in all Career Colloquia. SJSU SLIS is also offering one-year free paid memberships in the SJSU Career Center for all graduating students.

Are there any charges for services?

The SLIS Career Development resources, all Career Colloquia, and recordings of career workshops are freely available on the website. The SpartaJobs database and individual career consulting and materials review is free to current SLIS students.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

We receive emails from students who credit our career resources for helping them land professional jobs. Our students are also very enthusiastic about our career development web pages. Here are a few quotes from students:

  • “This site is so incredible!”
  • “This is by far one of the best, if not the best, resources for students that I have seen.”
  • “I would recommend to anyone in need of career advice, not just SLIS students.”
  • “The information is tailored to SLIS making it a one stop guide.”

To learn more about how our career development resources have helped SLIS students find jobs, we invite you to read about Sarah Naumann, who credits our School’s career resources for helping her land a job as a reference librarian.  You can also read about Sam Leif, who consulted with our Career Counselor and used our career resources to land a job as a librarian at an academic library just two months after earning her MLIS degree at our School.

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

In addition to our career development resources, the MLIS curriculum is constantly evaluated and updated to align with today’s job market and emerging trends in the library and information science field. As a Spring 2012 graduate put it, “I entered the job market with usable skills.”

It’s also very important for students to think broadly and keep an open mind when job searching. The MLIS skillset is transferable to a wide range of organizations and industries. SJSU SLIS graduates work at medical facilities, law firms, public libraries, academic libraries, high-tech companies, schools, and more. Their business cards carry titles such as Information Architect, Usability Analyst, Librarian, and Web Technologist – just to name a few exciting job titles.

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Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

We recently conducted a survey asking our recent graduates about their employment status after graduation. Eighty-six percent of the Spring 2012 graduating class who responded to the survey are working either full time or part time. Of those who reported they had a job, 96% got their job less than 6 months after graduating. Only a small percentage took longer than 6 months to find a job. This is due to a recovering economy and the diversity of the SLIS curriculum, which prepares students for opportunities in a variety of information environments. More information: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/about-slis/mlis-program-performance#alumni

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

While internships are not required, we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of their time at SLIS by registering for one (or more) of the approximately 200 physical and virtual internships offered each semester.  Even if you are currently working in an information center or library, doing an internship in a different work environment provides you with new experience and information – and allows you to “test” or “practice” working in a new environment without much risk. Many graduates have stated that internships were the most valuable part of their master’s education, because internships lead to expanded professional networks and also often provide the critical lead to that first job.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

Our approach is to provide excellent career resources and services to our students, and to encourage students to take advantage of those resources “early and often” during their graduate program.

We believe it is an integral part of our School’s mission to provide relevant and comprehensive career resources, and our School supports these resources by assigning faculty and staff to develop and maintain them. While we strongly encourage students to make use of our career resources and services, it is a student’s individual choice whether or not to use the career resources.

Does the school have any relationships with organizations that offer fellowships or other post-graduate opportunities?

Not at this time.

Are there any notable graduates?

Our School’s alumni are recognized leaders in our profession.  To learn more about some of their accomplishments, we encourage you to:

  • Read about our alumni who have been recognized as Library Journal Movers & Shakers
  • Read about the career successes of some of our alumni
  • Read about our alumni who have received awards from our School (click on any name to read about a past award recipient).
  • Read about our alumni who are making a difference in our profession, by browsing stories about our alumni in our Community Profiles

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Demographics

How many students in the library school?

All of our students are online students, who may live across town or on the other side of the globe, providing a diversity of perspectives that enrich each student’s learning journey.  We have approximately 2,000 students, who live in 47 U.S. states and nearly 20 countries. For more information regarding our students, check out our MLIS Student Profile web page: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/mlis-student-profiles

What degree(s) do you offer?

The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science offers two fully online master’s degrees, a fully online certificate program, and a doctoral program:

SJSU SLIS is a recognized leader in online learning and is a member of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) and Quality Matters. In 2012, the School’s online programs received a score in the exemplary range according to the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs.

Is it ALA accredited?

Our MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1969. Our Teacher Librarianship program is also accredited by NCATE. In addition, San Jose State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

What are the entrance requirements?

Prospective students can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester. Please check our website for current application deadlines.

Admission Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • A general understanding of computers and technology
  • The School requires that all students have computer access
  •  International Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version) or 100 (Internet-based)

We do not require a GMAT or GRE test, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, or a résumé.

When was the library school founded?

The first Library Science course was taught at San Jose State University in 1928, and SJSU SLIS first started offering a graduate degree in Library Science in 1954. The MLIS program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1969.

Where are you?

√  Other: Online

Where are you?

√  Other: Online

 Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

All of our School’s resources are focused on supporting online students, including our career counseling, academic advising, and technology support team.

Our instructors use emerging technology in their MLIS courses to enrich student learning in our engaging and interactive online environment. They exchange ideas and perspectives with students via live web conferences, recorded audio lectures, screencasts, emails, online discussion forums, blogs, instant messaging, and social networks. The multimedia format enlivens the learning experience while introducing students to the same types of tools they’ll use in their future careers. 


Madeleine Mitchell

This interview was conducted by Madeleine Mitchell, who  is currently in her final semester San Jose State University’s School of Library Science. With a major job hunt quickly approaching, she can honestly say that the Career Center is one of the SLIS program’s best and most comprehensive resources, and she is very grateful to have access to it.

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Library School Career Center: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.


This interview is with Tanya Cobb, Student & Alumni Services Coordinator, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ms. Cobb is a graduate of the SLIS MA program (2004) and has worked for several years at the UW-Madison campus in the areas of human resources, student services and research administration.

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Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center? Please talk a little about how it is managed and run.

In my role as Student & Alumni Services Coordinator, I am responsible for coordinating career services and events for SLIS. This includes bringing in speakers and LIS professionals to do seminars, webinars and workshops about job hunting, applying, and interviewing; working with faculty who are incorporating career development exercises into their courses; partnering with our division-level career services office (Letters & Science) and meeting one-on-one with students (in person and via phone) to provide cover letter and resume feedback, interview practice, and general advice.

I would describe our career services more as a philosophy and a practice rather than as a “center.” Career-building is an ongoing component of our students’ graduate education, and is woven throughout the program through coursework, specific career development events, involvement with student and professional organizations, and hands-on experience through practicums, internships, volunteer opportunities and student employment. We offer the same resources and services to our students in the distance program as we do to our on-campus program. Distance students can participate remotely when events take place at SLIS (or access the archived recording later), and have access to individual feedback services via phone, chat or email.

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√ Job Listings   √ General career coaching
√ Resume/CV Review   √ Help writing cover letters
√ Literature/articles   √ Interview Practice
√ Networking events (virtual or in-person)

Do you provide in-person services?

√Appointments   √ Speakers, or programs that present experts
√ Mixers or other networking events

Done at the college or campus level:
√ Job Fairs √ Drop-in career center

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources   √ Webinars
√ Twitter   √ LinkedIn   √ Facebook
√ Blog (includes internships, volunteer opportunities, student LIS jobs, conferences, professional association opportunities. Posted daily.)
√ Other: Career Services Wiki for current students and alumni

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

Start your career planning before you even show up for the first day of graduate school! Use LIS job lists to identify positions you might be interested in, and review the skills and experiences the employers are looking for. Ask yourself, how will I get those skills and experiences in the next two years while in graduate school–through my coursework, my field placements/practica, internships and volunteer work, student library positions, involvement in professional organizations, etc? It’s OK if you don’t know exactly what path you want to take in the LIS field. Just look for job listings that catch your interest. Graduate school is a great time to explore multiple pathways through coursework and the many hands-on opportunities mentioned above. Meet regularly with your career services advisor and faculty advisor to talk about where you should be in terms of career planning, ideally at least once a semester. Attend as many of the workshops and seminars as possible, or view the archived recordings on our Career Services Wiki. If a faculty member or staff member offers you an opportunity to volunteer or work on a project with them, say “yes” as often as possible. This builds your network and your experience, and you may be surprised at what good opportunities saying “yes” may lead to!

May alumni use career center resources?

Yes!

Are there any charges for services?

No.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

“SLIS provided a plethora of interactive workshops covering all aspects of the job hunt. I religiously attended every session that I could (and not only for the free pizza). My first year as a SLIS student I attended sessions to hear panelists talk about their recently successful job searches, to hear from library staff who regularly hire librarians, and to hear what is looked for in resumes, cover letters, and during the interview. I listened and asked questions so I could apply all that information while starting my job search in December of my 2nd year.

I had my resume and cover letter reviewed and revised by a few different people (through a formal review program SLIS offers, by SLIS faculty members, and from my current library supervisors) to get their different opinions. It must have worked as I heard back from every science librarian position I applied for. I also received assistance practicing my interview techniques and coming up with the proper scenarios to discuss for tricky questions. Although I was still super nervous during my first in-person interview, I knew what to expect from the wonderful work that UW-Madison SLIS did to help get me to that point. Interviewing became a piece of cake after 5 phone interviews and I was able to land an awesome job after my 3rd in-person interview (and then I was able to use the great negotiating skills SLIS taught me before accepting the offer). Although applying for jobs and interviewing is hard work, I felt that I was well prepared with all the opportunities that the SLIS Career Services offered.”

–Jonathan Carlson (2012), Science Librarian, Alcuin Library
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University
Collegeville, MN

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

You are a unique candidate, and you have a lot to offer a potential employer. As you progress through graduate school, develop your two-minute story of who you are, and the key three to four skills/experiences you would bring to a library or information agency. Create a job hunt support team from your network of peers, advisors, program staff, and employers. They can help you create your two-minute story, provide feedback on job applications, and help you with interview practice and moral support. As mentioned before, build career development steps into each semester along with your coursework, so that when you are ready to begin your job hunt, you feel prepared.

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

We are proud of our placement rates, which have been strong even in the past couple of difficult economic years in this country.

Please note: in this year’s LJ Annual Salaries and Placement survey some of our data was erroneously omitted in the Explore the Data section of the report, “Table 3: 2011 Total Graduates and Placements by School.” This omission is in the process of being corrected, but in the meantime numbers should be:

Employed Men: 9, Employed Women: 47 , Employed Total: 56 (of 59 graduates who responded to the survey).

A more detailed report focused specifically on our graduating class of 2011 will be coming out in February, and will be available along with past annual employment reports at: http://www.slis.wisc.edu/empdata.htm.

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

Applying what is learned in coursework is critical to becoming a competent professional and a competitive job applicant. Knowing this, SLIS requires all students to do a 120 hour, three-credit field placement their second year in the program, to apply what they are learning in class at a professional level and to build a solid working relationship with their field placement supervisor, who can then serve as a strong job reference.

Students are encouraged to do more than one field placement, to add on shorter practicums that are available with some of courses, to intern, to volunteer and to work. Internship and volunteer opportunities are posted regularly to our student daily blog. With 40 libraries on campus, students have a multitude of opportunities to work in a library while in school, and most of them do.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

Yes. At SLIS the faculty and staff understand that the job market is competitive. Opportunities to hone skills both in the LIS field and for the job hunt are integrated throughout the program, from practice job talks in classes, to workshops on writing winning job applications, to one-on-one career advice from professionals in the field, supporting students in becoming competent professionals and competitive job applicants.

Does the school have any relationships with organizations that offer fellowships or other post-graduate opportunities?

Yes, we regularly receive notices directly from organizations who have hired our graduates, which we post to our jobs listserv (soon to be a blog).

Are there any notable graduates?

This is a tough question, because with a program that is over 100 years old, there are so many alums that I could list! So, with the caveat that for every alum I mention there are so many more doing amazing things and working to make a difference in the profession every day, here are a few that come to mind (in order of more recent graduates to more senior professionals):

● Andrew Johnson – (MA ‘11 ), Metadata Librarian, University of Colorado-Boulder. See page nine of the Spring 2012 Jottings & Digressions (our alumni and friends newsletter) for his interview.
● Omar Poler – (MA ‘10) , Outreach Specialist at UW-Madison SLIS and Founder of the Tribal Libraries and Museums (TLAM) Project, which includes a community engagement group, service learning projects, a course, and a conference “Convening Culture Keepers”
● Caitlin Sticco – (MA ‘09, Specialist Certificate ‘10), National Library of Medicine Fellow
● Bonnie Tijerina (MA ‘03) – Head of Electronic Resources & Serials, Harvard University Libraries and President, Electronic Resources & Libraries, LLC, LJ Mover & Shaker Tech Leader (2010), LJ Mover & Shaker Challenger Buster (2005)
● Chris Wagner (MA ‘88)- Head librarian of the Goodman South Madison branch of the Madison Public Library (WI), and winner of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times “I Love My Librarian!” award.
● K.T. Horning (MA ‘82) – Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center, SLIS Centennial Distinguished Alumna, (2006)
● Nancy Kranich (MA ‘73) – past ALA president, SLIS Centennial Distinguished Alumna (2006)

We have many notable accomplished alumni who are mid-career or later in their careers. Each year SLIS alumni nominate and award the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award to one of these professionals. The Distinguished Alumnus/a then presents the commencement speech at our SLIS graduation ceremony in May.

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Demographics

How many students in the library school?

approximately 200

What degree(s) do you offer?

Masters in Library and Information Studies (On-Campus and Online), PhD.

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes, continuously since ALA accreditation began.

What are the entrance requirements?

Please see our admissions information at:
http://www.slis.wisc.edu/MA-application.htm

When was the library school founded?

1906

Where are you?

√ Midwestern US

Where are you?

√ City/town

Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

Yes, in addition to some of the points I have already mentioned, our program emphasizes:

  • Small class sizes, accessible instructors, individual attention
  • Working with fellow students in a culture that is friendly, supportive, and fosters collaboration across the various specialty areas of study.
  • Student Organizations and projects in Community Engagement that enhance classroom learning and build friendships that last beyond graduation
  • Access to all the resources a Tier One Research University has to offer, including an outstanding research community that crosses disciplines and moves the field forward, and 40 libraries that serve the campus’ teaching, research and community service missions.

Brianna Marshall

This interview was conducted by Brianna Marshall, who is a second year dual-degree Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is Managing Editor for Hack Library School and a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. Learn more about Brianna through her blog and portfolio or by following her on Twitter @notsosternlib

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Library School Career Center: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.


This interview is with Lori P. Haight, Ed.D., Career Services Coordinator, School of Information and Library Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Ms. Haight is a department of one, so in this interview, we’ll use the term “career services,” rather than “career center.”

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Career Services Information

Can you describe the management and organization of career services at SILS?

Career Services at SILS encompasses individual career counseling and career advising sessions, career assessments, resume and cover letter critiques, and networking events. Our goal is to offer career development guidance and services for students to gain the relevant experience they need during their program to be successful in their post-SILS positions.

Are there “career experts” on staff? What are their credentials?

I am the only staff member for Career Services. My academic credentials include a masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration. My background includes student services experience in career services, as well as advising and student activities positions at several colleges and universities.

Do you provide any of the following:

√ Job Listings   √ Resume/CV Review   √ Help writing cover letters
√ Interview Practice   √ General Career coaching   √ Networking events (virtual or in-person)

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments   √ Speakers, or programs that present experts
√ Mixers or other networking events    √ Job Fairs
√ Drop-in career center, hours: whenever I’m not with a student

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources   √ Twitter: @UNCsilsCareers    √ LinkedIn

How can students best utilize career resources at SILS?

Students are introduced to Career Services during their Orientation. They are welcome to make individual appointments, join the jobs listserv, and attend any sponsored events they wish during their time here. We also work closely with the UNC UCS (University Career Services) for additional services (including on-campus recruiting), employer databases, and additional programming.

May alumni use career resources?

Yes.

Are there any charges for services?

No.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

I have been in this position for one year, but have already had several examples of students and recent alumni who have heard about a position through our job listserv, and were then hired! I’ve also had examples of students who had questions about the job search process. After I was able to answer their questions and provide additional resources, they felt much more confident in their ability to be successful in their job search.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

While there are certain building blocks to career development (preparing job search materials, practicing interviewing skills, etc.), there is no ‘one path’ to finding your next opportunity. Networking with colleagues can be extremely beneficial to not only help you clarify your career goals, but connect you to new projects along the way.

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

One of my goals is to have my complete statistics for our recent graduates in the near future. Right now, both the Graduate School and the University Career Services office collect ‘first destination’ information from graduates, but it is anonymous. Our students overall are very well positioned to find jobs after they graduate. It is more a question of their preferences (including geographic and function area) being met.

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

SILS strongly believes in the value of practical experience for students through internships, field experiences, and volunteering. While it is not required, the majority of our students take advantage of these experiences.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

SILS is very proud of our academic program, and feels that we are educating the next generation of information professionals. We want to offer students the resources to be prepared for their professional development, as well as the opportunity to make connections with both alumni and employers in the information setting of their choice.

Does the school have any relationships with organizations that offer fellowships or other post-graduate opportunities?

With our long history in educating information professionals, SILS is frequently tapped by fellowship and other post-graduate employers to get the word out to students about their opportunities.

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

308 master’s degree students, 47 doctoral students, 42 undergraduate majors, and 29 minors

What degree(s) do you offer?

Undergraduate:
Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS)
Minor in Information Systems

Graduate:
Masters in Library Science (MSLS)
Masters in Information Science (MSIS)
Post-Masters Certificate in Information and Library Science (PMC)
Ph.D. in Information and Library Science

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes

What are the entrance requirements?

For graduate school entry:
• a bachelor’s degree (based on a four-year curriculum) completed before graduate study begins or its international equivalent with an accredited institution
• an average grade of B (cumulative GPA 3.0) or better
• GRE (general) score within the last 5 years
• application materials: transcripts, resume, Statement of Purpose, 3 letters of reference

When was the library school founded?

Fall of 1931

Where are you?

√ Southern US

Where are you?

√ City/town


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This interview was conducted by Julia Feerrar, a first year master’s student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her professional interests include academic libraries, research and instructional services, and digital humanities. Follow her on Twitter @JuliaFeerrar.

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Library School Career Center: UT- Austin

Here is this week’s installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.


This interview is with Tara Iagulli, Tara IagulliDirector of Career Services, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Library and Information Science.

Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center? Please talk a little about how it is managed and run.

It is run by me and I have one Administrative Assistant who schedules appts., post jobs, communicates with employers, helps with events, etc.

Are there “career experts” on staff?  What are their credentials?

Yes, See bio link

Does the career center provide any of the following:

√ Job Listings √ Resume/CV Review √ Help writing cover letters

√ Literature/articles √ Interview Practice √General career coaching

√ Networking events: in-person – Speed Interviewing Event

√ Other: Negotiating help, Alumni Panels, On-Campus Interviews, Industry speakers, Open House

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments √ Drop-in career center: when available, appt. preferred

√ Mixers or other networking events   √ Speakers, or programs that present experts

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources   √ Webinars   √ Newsletter

What do you think is the best way for students to use the career center?

Start early – the most effective coach or counselor is one who knows the client well – building the connection and maintaining the relationship is important.  Make an individual appointment and bring materials with them. Come prepared with questions, concerns. Review the Career Office guides on resumes and cover letters before appt.

May alumni use career center resources?

Yes, for the first year out alumni are treated the same as current students. After 1 year, individual sessions are on scheduled when time allows.  Alumni can always use the online job board and attend events.

Are there any charges for services?

No, not yet. This has been discussed and may happen one day.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using the career center?

There are too many stories to list.  Eventually all of our graduates get employed and I do not take credit for that.  I am happy if they learned to interview or negotiate better from our sessions.  These stories are better to be told from the student’s perspective.  I can say that I get a lot of thank you cards so generally our students are very appreciative of our center.

Anything else you’d like to share with readers about your services in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

Career experts are there to give you the tools, but as the actual job seeker you still have to do all of the work.  Job searching is a hard process period and we are here to help students navigate the process effectively.  Spending time creating quality application materials is truthfully more important than any paper you spend hours writing.

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

reports attached:

2011_Employment Report_final

2010_Final Employment Report

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

We fully support all of these developmental necessities for building the experience needed to be marketable upon graduation.

Does the school have a stated approach or policy on helping students to find careers?

http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/careers/

Career Services Mission:

The iSchool Career Services Office is a collaborative partnership with faculty and staff to empower students to achieve their dreams beyond academics.
Our goal is to prepare students for the professional world. To that end, we provide education on the vast array of career paths in information studies, individualized coaching sessions, as well as connections with resources, people, and opportunities.
In addition to direct student services, we work with employers to facilitate their success in recruiting iSchool talent. We actively market the skill sets of our students and alumni to employers and seek to attract new organizations, especially emerging and non-traditional industries that may be less familiar with the value of an iSchool education.
For specific information please view the menu to the left of this page. If you cannot find what you need, or have any questions, please contact us.

Does the school have any relationships with organizations that offer fellowships or other post-graduate opportunities?

Yes we have relationships with employers of all types

Are there any notable graduates?

Too many to mention.  You can see some alumni profiles on our site.

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

check the site or attached reports

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes

What are the entrance requirements?

see the site

When was the library school founded?

see the site

Where are you?

√ Southern US

Where are you?

√ Urban area

Anything else you’d like to share that’s unique about the school?

It’s fairly unique that we have a dedicated Career Services Office that is solely for the School of Information students and alumni.  Our students also can access many campus-wide career events.


Brianna Marshall
This interview was conducted by Brianna Marshall is a second year dual-degree Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. She is Managing Editor for Hack Library School and a 2012-2013 HASTAC scholar. Learn more about Brianna through her blog and portfolio or by following her on Twitter @notsosternlib

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Library School Career Center: University of Tennessee

This is the second installment of the Library School Career Center feature, which is presented in partnership with the folks from the blog Hack Library School.  If you’re interested in library education, or in new ideas and the future of the profession, you should check it out.


 

This installment is a little different, as the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences does not have a career center. However, they do have career related services. HLS writer Chris Eaker investigated his school’s website; questions were answered as completely as possible and marked N/A where not applicable.

Career Center Information

Who staffs the career center?  Please talk a little about how it is managed and run? 

N/A

Are there “career experts” on staff?  What are their credentials? 

N/A

Does the school provide any of the following:

Library school provides:

√ Job Listings   √ Literature/articles

University’s career center provides:

√ Resume/CV Review   √ Help writing cover letters

√ Interview Practice   √ General Career coaching

Do you provide in-person services?

N/A

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources

Can you talk a little bit about the school’s approach to internships, practicums and/or volunteering?

UTK SIS has a full time practicum coordinator, so they place high value on this means of gaining work experience.

Demographics

What degree(s) do you offer?

MSIS

Is it ALA accredited?

Yes

What are the entrance requirements?

http://www.sis.utk.edu/admissions

When was the library school founded?

1928, accredited in 1972

Where are you?

√ Southern US

Where are you?

√ Urban area



Chris Eaker is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences and is a graduate research assistant in the Data Curation Education in Research Centers program. He is specializing in research data curation.

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