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Advice to New Library Grads

Graduation is just around the corner and for many library and information science students it is a time of excitement but also of anxiety. It is no secret that the current job market is a challenge for new graduates but there are things you can do to prepare yourself when it comes to finding a job. This blog post will highlight job-seeking resources specifically for library and information science graduates.

The Dewey Library has several resources on finding a job with your library degree. Our Library and Information Science guide [] has an employment section which provides several websites with job announcements. There are also many recent books available in print at the library. Check them out today!

How to get a great job: A library how-to handbook. Editors of the American Library Association. New York: Skyhorse Pub., c2011.
Dewey Library Reference HF 5382.7 H68 2011

How to stay afloat in the academic library job pool. Edited by Teresa Y. Neely; foreword by Camila A. Alire. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011, ©2011.
Dewey Library Z 682.4 C63 H69 2011

The information and knowledge professional's career handbook: Define and create your success. Ulla de Stricker and Jill Hurst-Wahl. Oxford: Chandos Pub., 2011.
Dewey Library Z 682.35 V62 D47X 2011

The new graduate experience: Post-MLS residency programs and early career librarianship. Megan Zoe Perez and Cindy Ann Gruwell, editors. Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, [2011], ©2011.
Dewey Library Z 682.4 C63 N49 2011

There are also a countless number of online resources that provide tips and real-world advice when it comes to finding a job. Read the following for more information.

Tips for Library Job Applicants in a Tight Market by Meredith Farkas

Library School Grads: 11 Obstacles Standing Between You and Your First New Job by Ellen Mehling

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Congratulations to the students graduating in a few weeks! Although these resources are not a comprehensive list of all that is out there, they are a great way to get started with valuable advice that will help you prepare for entering the job market.

If you have any questions about information resources for library and information science students, please contact the subject specialist, Deborah Bernnard by phone at 442-3699 or email.