Employment & Work Stories

Library hirings slow

UI students hoping to go into the library field are seeing fewer job openings because of the economic crisis keeping retirement-age librarians from leaving their positions, said Jim Elmborg, the director of the UI School of Library and Information Science.

“Before the economy did its recent trick, we had a high placement rate,” he said. “We were graduating students, and they were getting jobs quite nicely.”

But now that’s not the case, Elmborg said. Even so, those seeking the specialization see its merits.

And We All Want To Be Better At Our Work, Don't We?

Caught Twittering or on Facebook at work? It'll make you a better employee, according to an Australian study that shows surfing the Internet (in moderation) during office hours increases productivity.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not. Report from Wired...

Can I get a hand

Can some body give me some direction?

I so want to work in a library setting, but getting my foot in the door seems to be VERY hard.
I wish to continue to get a MLS, but not if I cannot even get started.
Does any one have some advice sites to look at that deal with these types of employment or what?

Thanks for any of those who help!

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Librarians Learn How to Assist Job Seekers

Now, more than ever, librarians are serving the public as employment counselors, helping patrons write resumes and research job opportunities.

Earlier this week, the Mooresville NC Public Library hosted a "Job Search Workshop" conducted by the State Library of North Carolina. It's purpose was to educate regional librarians on how to better assist people who use their libraries' resources to look for employment.

"This is one of the ways we felt we could respond to this economic crisis, the joblessness, the kind of panic that people feel when they're searching for a job and maybe haven't done that for a decade or more," said Mooresville Library Director John Pritchard.

Pam Jaskot, a library consultant with the State Library, said librarians from across North Carolina have been completely overwhelmed by the amount of people coming in to use their facilities, especially those using their computers to search for employment.

Has your State Library or your library system offered programs of this nature? Please let us know.

What now for Toronto librarians?

As has been reported elsewhere this week, 2,400 Toronto city librarians have abandoned membership in the Toronto Civic Employees Union (TCEU) Local 416. Last Tuesday, a total of 1,309 librarians cast votes on whether to stay or leave, and an overwhelming 1,037 voted in favour of leaving and forming their own union.

“The simple [explanation] is we want to speak for ourselves as library workers,” says Rob Rolfe, chair of the TCEU’s library division.

UC Librarians and Administrators at an Impasse

The American Federation of Teachers, on behalf of University of California librarians, has reached an impasse with the university after a two-year struggle for salary increases that the university claims it cannot afford. UCSD Guardian reports.

Confidential discussions with a state-appointed mediator — provided by the State Mediation and Conciliation Service — are slated for March 24, an attempt to end a drawn-out negotiation process that began in 2007.

UC librarians, who demand that their salaries be raised to an amount slightly less than those offered at California State University campuses, claim the university has failed to take the negotiations seriously.

“If they would start bargaining, we might lower our original requests,” chief mediator for UC librarians Mike Rotkin said. “We are not locked into a position. We want to see both sides moving toward each other, and that’s what was not happening. We want them to move before we continue to move.”

Blogging: Career-Building Block or Blunder?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Despite opinions to the contrary, blogging can be good for your academic career. So says John Dupuis, head of the Steacie Science & Engineering Library at York University, in Toronto, on his blog, Confessions of a Science Librarian.

The days of making a big splash with a personal blog may be over (see a recent article in Wired), but in this era of Googling, blogging is still a good way to build a reputation, promote yourself (something job seekers should do more often), and network with like-minded individuals, Dupuis suggests, using excerpts from an article by Graham Lavender, a McGill University library student, to prove his point.

For Those Interested in Employment

Okay this is a recruiting post. I no longer work in public libraries and have gone to "the dark side". However I am aware that many of my fellow Librarians are looking for work and are open to opportunities other than the Public/Academic field.

My company is hiring for several positions. These do require a technical background as well or at least a technical aptitude. Two positions, however do not.

There is a catch...you must like Winter as the company is in New York state.

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Librarian's Dream Job Turns Into a Bad Dream

Donna Schremser, former director of the Huntsville Madison Cty (AL) Public Library, was hired as Director of the New Orleans Public Library in September 2007, a dream job for her. She threw herself into bringing New Orleans' libraries back from the devastation of Katrina.

It was a honeymoon early on. Schremser was quoted in The Huntsville Times in November 2007, saying she would "follow (Irving Mayfield Jr.) anywhere." Mayfield is the 30-year-old jazz trumpeter who leads the New Orleans library board.

The honeymoon didn't last long for either one of them. Now, about a year later, Mayfield has replaced Schremser with 36-year old Rica Triggs, a former mayoral aide who isn't a professional librarian.

More from the Huntsville Times. The story was also reported in an October Library Journal article.

Librarianship A Top Profession for 2009

Danielle Dreger-Babbitt reports in the Examiner.com that being a librarian is one of the top 30 professions in the coming year (she has been in the field for 13 years). It ranks up there with physical therapist, veterinarian, and pharmacist. It has been on the list for several years now and it's no wonder why: it's a pretty awesome job.

Librarianship is an underrated career. Most librarians love helping patrons solve their problems and, in the process, learning new things. Librarians may also go on shopping sprees, deciding which books and online resources to buy. They may even get to put on performances, like children's puppet shows, and run other programs, like book discussion groups for elders. On top of it all, librarians' work environment is usually pleasant and the work hours reasonable, although you may have to work nights and/or weekends. The job market for special librarians is good but is sluggish for public and school librarians. Nevertheless, persistent sleuthing—that key attribute of librarians—should enable good candidates to prevail.


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