13 responses

  1. Kelly
    June 3, 2009

    I just went through 6 months of the job search before landing one, and during that time, I put together a HUGE list of resources on a delicious account. It’s certainly not complete, but with the help of a few eager people, I could make this larger and more inclusive. It reflects my interests, mostly, but will definitely be useful to many. I hope it helps!


  2. Kyle
    June 3, 2009

    Now that is an impressive list! Especially for Illinois and public library jobs. Did the list help you at all?

  3. Lee
    June 3, 2009

    Solid, good advice here. Finding work is a 40-hour a week job right now -and especially so when you’re not working.

    I’d add LinkedIn networking and good old fashioned physical, social networking.

    One quick note: do not blindly try to get linkedin to someone or send an impersonal, generic “I’d like to add you to my network”. In the linkedin circles this is not thought highly of for so many reasons.

    Every job, outside of the getting into the US Air Force, I found through a mentor or loose contact -kinda like a six degrees thing to me.

    My general advice in regards to every position you apply for: research the company. And if an organization you want to work for isn’t hiring, interview them. I’ve made some excellent contacts, who did not hire me, but instead passed my name along to someone who was hiring.

    Great post Kyle and that is one heck-of-a set of links Kelly: suuuuu-weeet tagging.

  4. Susan
    June 3, 2009

    Thanks for this Kyle. I try to keep up with all the online job search tools and these will certainly add to my coverage. Good luck with the job-hunting.

  5. Kelly
    June 3, 2009

    Kyle, if your guess was I was going for a pl job in IL, then my list was pretty successful, eh?
    It was actually quite useful. I think a lot of jobs don’t end up in the bigger search engines, and even if a lot of the jobs aren’t of interest from many of the individual libraries, reading the job descriptions gave me a huge advantage in writing a resume, cover letter, and interviewing. I could talk easily about trends and so forth.

    Please use it! I’m going to beef it up now that I do have a job and don’t have to use stress as my motivation … now it’s about making sure other good people get a job, too! :)

  6. Wendy
    June 4, 2009

    Thanks for the great resources! I too am a recent LIS grad, what a time to be looking!

  7. Kyle
    June 4, 2009


    I’m on LinkedIn but haven’t really searched for a job there – I’ve only passively posted my information. I should give it the good ol’ college try and attempt to make some real connections on it.

    Good points on networking the traditional way. I definitely need to do more of this. I guess this is where professional conferences come into play and local consortium meetings.


    Best of luck to you too!


    If you do some more work with this list be sure to report back and add to the comments or ask Michael to do a guest post.


    Thanks for stopping by. Best of luck to you as well!

  8. Georaj
    June 8, 2009

    In finding library jobs librarycrossing.com is a good source because it only shows you jobs from employer websites and every other job board out there. The jobs listed include library assistant jobs, public & school library jobs and services library jobs.This is a good way to track down jobs because these jobs are often not advertised. Know more by visiting http://www.librarycrossing.com

  9. Deepal
    June 8, 2009

    Best of luck

  10. Graeme Williams
    June 11, 2009

    I also make use of a couple of sites that collect opportunities by searching the web for you, including both job sites and employer sites. I’ve found indeed.com and simplyhired.com very useful in my job search — although I’m not a librarian, and your mileage may vary.

    Both Indeed and SimplyHired will return results in an RSS feed, or if you register, send you email alerts.

    I have a handful of sites that send me email alerts every day, so checking those emails is more or less the first thing I do in the morning.

  11. Katy
    June 26, 2009


    Great advice, and thanks so much for sharing. Let the hunt begin.

  12. afroz alam
    November 16, 2009

    sir please

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