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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


julia feerrar

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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Library School Career Center: Indiana University

I’m very happy to introduce a new feature here on Hiring Librarians, which is presented in partnership with Hack Library School (HLS). HLS is a collaborative blog that allows students to deconstruct and reshape their own library education, and ultimately to influence the future of the profession through thoughtful public commentary.

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In this feature, writers from HLS interview their schools about the career resources and services provided to students. Our hope is that these “interviews” will:

1. Provide more information for current students (and alumni) about how they can best take advantage of their school’s career resources.
2. Help people who are thinking about going to library school focus on their post-graduation employability, and how their choice of school might affect that
3. Encourage library schools to provide high-quality career resources for graduates and alumni. Allow schools to share information about their strategies for providing career guidance.
4. Engage library students in career-focused dialogue with their schools.

Without further ado, I’m pleased to present the first in this series, conducted by HLS Managing Editor Brianna Marshall.


This interview is with Rhonda Spencer, Director of Admissions and Placement, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science.
IU_SLIS

Career Center Information

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

“A Place to Start” is the sub-title of the career office. Why? It helps define the goals of the office. We would like to encourage students to start thinking about the job search process early. We want them to think about their résumé, the interview process, and networking. We want them to understand how job ads are posted in this field. We want to promote professional association involvement. We want students to understand resources available at Indiana University, and in the field of library and information science. We want our students to be confident in themselves, and in their knowledge about the job search process.

New SLIS students may stop by the office for general ideas. We hope that having a peer (a fellow SLIS student) as someone to brainstorm with will help students confidently begin necessary job search preparations. Students nearing completion of their degree may want to have a practice interview. They may want to contribute ideas and time to improving the career resources at SLIS.

The office will staffed by SLIS Student Career Analysts. These students are part of a “think tank” environment designed to improve easy access to resources. They will post full-time job openings to a jobs listserv and to the SLIS Website. They will work on web resources for the SLIS Website – Career Section. They will conduct Practice Interviews with students. They will help promote other career events offered by SLIS and IU. They will work with the SLIS Student Organizations. They will report to and work with the SLIS Director of Admissions and Placement, Rhonda Spencer.

As is the current practice, students may also schedule appointments with Rhonda Spencer to talk about career questions and their résumé. Additionally, they may contact her to reserve the SLIS Career Services Office for a Phone Interview, or for a Student Group Meeting.

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 (virtual or in-person)

√ Other: Helping to participate in or to promote events sponsored by the student chapters of professional associations at SLIS, national associations, and other Indiana University career events.

Do you provide in-person services?

√ Appointments √ Drop-in career center

√ Job Fairs √ Mixers or other networking events

√ Speakers, or programs that present experts

*Note: The majority of the speakers, networking events, or job fairs are sponsored by other related groups either within SLIS or at Indiana University. And, in addition to “drop-in hours at the career center, students can drop-in for advising times with the Director of Placement. Also, all SLIS students are assigned faculty advisors. There is also an Internship Director available for consultation.”

Do you provide online services?

√ Website with resources

√ Other: Direct email access to the Director of Placement, and to the student peer consultants; Jobs postings Listserv.

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

To start early in their job search planning, to talk to a peer about strategies…

May alumni use career center resources?

Yes. The website job postings are available. Some alumni contact the Director of Placement for assistance. But, in general, alumni use professional association networking for career advice after graduation.

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?

Know yourself. Start early in planning. Prepare a strong résumé. Be considerate about your online presence. Keep potential portfolio items. Attend workshops. Be involved in professional associations. Network – even if it is hard. Personal contacts do help. Have several people review your résumé. Think about where you would like to live. Before applying for a position, learn about the institution — it will make your application materials stronger. Show some enthusiasm. Do you really want to work for this library – in this town? Read the job advertisement four times — it will make your cover letter and résumé more relevant. Emphasize experiences, class projects, key words that will matter to that employer. Dedicate regular time each week to the job search preparation process — (this can start your first semester in graduate school). Enjoy the process. Find your niche.

Students’ Career Paths

Can you share any statistics about employment rates after graduation?

The magazine “Library Journal” does an annual salary and placement survey of all new graduates from the previous year. They survey all ALA-accredited schools. They publish the results each year in their October 15th issue. This survey gives a strong aggregate look at trends in the field.

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

  • Strongly encouraged – (all of the above).
  • Very important.
  • Helpful for building your job portfolio.
  • Internships can be completed for course credit.

Are there any notable graduates?

We have many notable graduates who spend their work days in remarkable service. They are creative, intentional, and helpful in their professional lives. Some work in institutions that are more widely known (Library of Congress, American Library Association, Amazon…). Some became Deans – of libraries, and of ALA-Accredited schools. I am touched though by the pride in the daily work of numerous graduates. They do make a difference in the lives of their patrons. Two examples of graduates from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science:

1. Rebecca Taylor Bingham:

http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=551

2. Sharon Lenius:

http://www.slis.indiana.edu/news/story.php?story_id=1996

Demographics

How many students in the library school?

Bloomington campus (Fall 2012) = 264 degree seeking

What degree(s) do you offer?

  • Master of Library Science, Master of Information Science
  • Ph.D. in Information Science
  • Specialist in Library and Information Science (post-master’s degree)

Is it ALA accredited?

YES

When was the library school founded?

  • First organized curriculum in library science at IU (1930)
  • Graduate degree established (1949)

Where are you?

√ Midwestern US

Where are you?

√ City/town

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

Great university, lovely town, supportive infrastructure, respected and forward-thinking faculty – a terrific place for graduate school.

Note: The Indiana University School of Library and Information Science will merge with the School of Informatics effective July 1, 2013. The new combined School of Informatics and Computing will offer an enriched environment for our students. Additionally, expanded career services will be available. The future for the field is strong.


Brianna MarshallBrianna 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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