This week we asked people who hire librarians
What can recent grads do to make themselves more appealing to employers? What is the most productive way to spend your pre-employment unemployment?
1. Read – read journals in your field. Keep up on what’s going on. You’ll do much better in interviews!
2. Take the time to write excellent cover letters to address the qualifications employers are looking for. Also, do as much research on your future employers that you can so you can speak intelligently about how they work.
3. Work – get a job in a library. Any job. Learn about working in libraries. I did a little bit of everything pre-graduation (special collections/archives, circulation, cataloging, music and art reference, computer lab assistant) and it all ended up serving me well. Even if you work in retail, you can use that to talk about your customer service philosophy.
– Laurie Phillips, Associate Dean for Technical Services, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans
Read, read, read. Professional development doesn’t have to cost anything — there are a million sources of information out there that will enable you to keep current in the profession. Librarianship is about lifelong learning, and if you stop learning when you receive your MLS, you will not be able to impress a search committee.
-Angelynn King, Head Librarian, Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus
– J. McRee (Mac) Elrod, Special Libraries Catalouging
- If you have never worked in a library get a volunteer position that you can list.
- If you have web skills, offer them to a non-profit so you can provide samples of your work for future employers.
- If you want to work in children’s services make sure you have experience working with children. Offer free story times at a local bookstore, day care center or church.
- If you have decent computer skills offer free training to senior citizens or children in a community center or senior housing development.
- If you have any journalist skills write articles for your small local newspapers or newsletters.
I believe it is important that you are a person spreading the library word, even if you have yet to land a library job.
– Christine Hage, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library
Thank YOU for reading! If you liked reading, you’re going to really love COMMENTING.