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A haiku: Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion

A haiku: Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Tod Robbins reblogged this from Times Haiku (http://haiku.nytimes.com/) 

“A haiku from the article: Archivists Bringing Past Into Future Are Now Less Cloistered ” (Photo: timeshaiku: A haiku from the article: Archivists Bringing Past Into Future Are Now Less Cloistered http://t.co/ml9uOGjm5T)...

 

From the original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/nyregion/archivists-bringing-past-into-future-are-now-less-cloistered.html?_r=0

"Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion. They have long spent their careers cloistered, like the objects they protected. But now many of these professionals are stepping out. A main reason is the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. The group, which recently surpassed 500 members, holds monthly events that draw a young, well-dressed crowd, hungry for chances to network, train and socialize. Members not only work at libraries, where archives have long resided, but also at such organizations as the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Junior League, the Episcopal Church, the Philharmonic, the Stock Exchange and the Brooklyn Navy Yard." - By ALISON LEIGH COWAN

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Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians

Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This week we're showcasing a resource for the archivists out there. [...] Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.

 

Link: http://archivesgig.livejournal.com/

 

 

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Great resource for archivists in the US.

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Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine

Toughing It Out in a Tight Job Market | By Janice Arenofsky, American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
You're all alone—with thousands of other information professionals—pursuing a library job in a down economy. If not for sheer stubbornness and hard-won self-respect, you might consider a career in the fast food industry.
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"David Connolly, who compiles ALA’s JobLIST, a resource for career advice and job search information. The market is back to pre-2008, he said. “We may be treading water, but at least, it’s not getting worse.” In fact, according to Connolly, experienced librarians can anticipate a relatively strong job market because the first wave of baby boomers is retiring from such top-level library positions as director and department head. This trend should peak between 2015 and 2019. “There will be a trickle-down effect favoring promotions,” said Connolly, “although some libraries are not filling entry-level positions due to budgetary problems.”

So the advice for job searchers is compromise—in salary, work environment, and/or geographic location. For instance, consider academic library positions in the Midwest, where there is less competition because of fewer sought-after locations and subject-expert applicants."

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Guest Post: The New Archivist's Job Search | Hiring Librarians

Guest Post: The New Archivist's Job Search | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Shannon Lausch :

"I am so excited to be able to present this guest post by Shannon Lausch, in which she reports on her very current research, conducted in partnership with Rebecca Goldman, into what it's like to job hunt as a newly graduated archivist. I heard about their work via the SNAP listserv. If you’re a new archivist, you should check it out. I’ve been very impressed with both the discussions and level of collegiality that can be found there.

Shannon’s analysis is fascinating – there are both expected and surprising results."

[...]

 

"It is a tough and strange market in the archives world, one where you may go from hearing nothing for months to landing a full-time professional position after receiving an interview from just one institution. Or you may have to face the uncertainties of the job market again and again, finding multiple temporary project positions. Having a strong network of those who can help you in making sure your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills are in top form is critical for making sure when opportunity strikes, you’re ready."

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Top three things when hiring a librarian

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This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a member of a hiring committee and Supervisor at a library with 10-50 staff members.

 

What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

- Have they done what we’re asking for, or at least have experience in the same area?

- Can they communicate clearly?

- Do they know their stuff or are willing to learn their stuff?"

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Hiring Librarians - tips & pointers

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This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 0-10 staff members. What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

 "1) Meets required qualifications

2) Has breadth of experience
3) Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing

 

Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?

On application:
1) Bad grammar
2) Inattention to job description
3) Experience mismatch

In interview:
1) Rudeness
2) Arrogance
3) Poor listening skills"

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Job Hunting Techniques for Public Librarians, by @libralante

Job Hunting Techniques for Public Librarians, by @libralante | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Here I will present an overview of my job hunting processes and wisdom in the hope that my experience can be adapted to the processes of other public library job-hunters for greater success."

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Great tips for any job hunting librarian!

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We don't have a dress code, but people have ... - Hiring Librarians

We don't have a dress code, but people have ... - Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This survey was co-authored by Jill of Librarian Hire Fashion:

This anonymous interview is with an Academic librarian who has been a member of a hiring or search committee. This librarian works in a Canadian city/town at a library with 10-50 staff members.
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What to wear when going for an interview as librarian > Good to be reminded off!

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Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding

Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Butch Lazorchak:

Quick quiz: Is the employment outlook for librarians growing or shrinking? The answer depends on what you call a “library job.”

 

"BLS view doesn’t describe too many of the librarians, archivists and museum professionals I know. Just for kicks, let’s compare the BLS librarian description to the job area of Computer and Information Systems Managers, which O*Net describes as having a “bright outlook” (projected to grow at a rate of 29% or more this decade):

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
Stay abreast of advances in technology.
Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
Funny…that list looks a lot more like the job descriptions of the librarians I know!

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Mobile library carts introduced to provide jobs for older job seekers - Channel NewsAsia

Mobile library carts introduced to provide jobs for older job seekers - Channel NewsAsia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Mobile library carts provides access to residents, especially parents waiting for their children to finish classes at community club, and provides temporary 6-month employment for mature workers who are looking for permanent placements"

--spotted by Gary Price @INFOdocket 


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Author's Corner: An Excerpt from What Do Employers Want? - Hiring Librarians

Author's Corner: An Excerpt from What Do Employers Want? - Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Priscilla Shontz and Richard Murray, the editors of LISCareer, a rich collection of articles written by practicing librarians on a variety of career development topics, are the authors of a new book entitled What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students. Shontz and Murray cover topics such as Practical Experience, Professional Identity and How Employers Hire, basing their advice on interviews with people who hire librarians. The book moves beyond job search insights, outlining career development strategies for students and new graduates in a manner that is both funny and frank. I am pleased to be able to offer you an excerpt from chapter one: “What Do Employers Want?”

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