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Career Resources: Library and Information Studies

The Dewey Library has a wide collection of resources for Information Studies students and alumni to consult when seeking new positions and career opportunities.

The Employment tab on our Library and Information Studies research guide provides useful email subscription lists, library-specific job websites, and other resources for your career search.The Associations tab will link you to professional associations that each maintain job lists and offer other resources and opportunities for professional development.

Also be sure to visit the sites listed in our Online ReferenceCareers section for more general advice on resumes, interviews, and for the essential tools to aid in your career search.

There are also numerous books geared toward providing information professionals with job-seeking tips, advice, and strategies.Here are a few of them:

Resume writing and interviewing techniques that work : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians / Robert R. Newlen.(2006).
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 N49 2006

Career opportunities in library and information science / Allan Taylor, James Robert Parish (2009).
University Library / Reference: HF 5381 T383X 2009

What’s the alternative? : career options for librarians and info pros, Rachel Singer Gordon. (2008).
Dewey Library Reserves / Z 682.35 V62 G68 2008

New to Dewey Library:

Reflecting on the future of academic and public libraries [edited by] Peter Hernon and Joseph R. Matthews. (2013).
Dewey Library/Z 675 U5 R4435 2013

What do employers want? : a guide for library science students
/ Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard A. Murray ; foreword by G. Kim Dority ;illustrations by Robert N. Klob. (2012).
Dewey Library/Z 682.35 V62 S48 2012

How to get a great job:a library how-to handbook editors of the American Library Association. (2011).
Dewey Library/Reference: HF 5382.7 H68 2011

What they don’t teach you in library school/ Elisabeth Doucett.
(2011).
Dewey Library / Z 665 D685 2011

How to stay afloat in the academic library job pool/ edited by Teresa Y. Neely; foreword by Camila A. Alire. (2011).
Dewey Library / Z 682.4 C63 H69 2011

The generation X librarian : essays on leadership, technology, pop culture, social responsibility and professional identity / edited by Martin K. Wallace,
Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, and Erik Sean Estep. (2011).
Dewey Library / Z 682.2 U5 G46 2011

The new information professional : your guide to careers in the digital age/ Judy Lawson, Joanna Kroll, and Kelly Kowatch. (2010).
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 L39X 2010

So you want to be a librarian, by Lauren Pressley. (2009).
Dewey Library / Z 682.35 V62 P74 2009

There are also many general books on resume writing, interviewing, etc; don’t forget to take a look in our library catalog,Minerva.

For other tips, check out these blog posts from librarian Kathryn Farrell from a few years ago:
Staying Sane During the Job Search
Job Search Strategies: How to Prepare for the Interview
It's OK to Say No
Dealing with Rejection
The Job Search: Consider All the Options

Remember, if you would like assistance locating further information pertaining to careers for information professionals, call us at 442-3691, email us, or send us an Instant Message.

Blog post updated by Laurie Buckley