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Career Planning Articles and Resources

A collection of resources students can utilize as they develop their LIS careers and begin job hunting. Articles are selected by Kim Schroeder, LIS Career Advisor. If you would like to suggest an article for the spotlight feature, please contact Kim at ag1797@wayne.edu.


Take a look at the flexibility in job titles that the MLIS offers!

Cover Letter Hints

Frequently Asked and Tough Interview Questions
Preparing for a job interview
Phone Interviews

Additional job resources are available at our Job Resources page.


Additional Articles

by Ellen Mehling, Career Development Consultant for the Metropolitan New York Library Council
Abigail Phillips provides some thoughtful advice on advancing on to academia.
Nailing the Library Interview
Joe Hardenbrook presents a wealth of library career resources.
Academic Interview Process
Nanako Kodaira offers advice for getting into the academic library field.
Building Your Virtual Brand
Meredith Farkas summarizes how your ePortfolios can work to your advantage.  Also, check out her wiki.
Finding a Library Job—Updated
Rachel Singer Gordon lays out the steps to successfully breaking into a tough but exciting job market.

LJ Placement and Salary Survey for 2012
The latest and the greatest from Library Journal on who is getting hired and how much they are getting. 
The Info Pro's Survival Guide to Job Hunting
The article covers the worst way to find a job, the easiest way to find a job, and then maps out "The Invisible Job Market for Information Professionals."

The following are citations for helpful professional articles:
Cannady, Rachel and Daniel Newton.  Making the Best of the Worst of Times: Global Turmoil and Landing Your First Library Job  College & Research Libraries News, vol. 71, no. 4, pp. 205-207, Apr 2010

Farkas, Meredith. Your Virtual Brand: Online Presence for Professional Success  American Libraries, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 28, Mar 2010

Dewan, Pauline. Looking for a Library Job? Create an E-Portfolio  Feliciter, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 169-171, 2010
Wolf, R. (2010). Simple guidelines for job seekers. North Carolina Libraries, 68(1), 31-32.
Strock, A. (2010). Job Searching Tips from a Circumstantial Job Hopper. The Unabashed Librarian, 156, 17-19.




How to Apply for a Library Job
Sample Librarian Resumes
Sample Resume
Sample Cover Letter

Sample Librarian Curriculum Vitae
How To Apply For A Job
Phone Interviews
Handling Phone Interviews Professionally
Phone Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts
Early Career Survival
Career Planning
Librarians in the Information Age: Alternative Uses of MLS Degrees
Ongoing Job Development