I’m so grateful to the authors on this list, who took the time to work with me to create a post that shared their recent research into LIS careers and hiring. This list is in order of appearance on Hiring Librarians, from first to most recent. Click on the underlined heading to go to the Hiring Librarians guest post, an informal summary of the research. The citation will lead you to a more formal account.
Meghan Hodge and Nicole Spoor surveyed 430 people who hire librarians in order to discover the qualities and characteristics of a successful interview. In this guest post, they summarize research that appears more formally in:
Hodge, Megan and Nicole Spoor, (2012) Congratulations! You’ve landed an interview: What do hiring committees really want?, New Library World, Vol. 113 Iss: 3/4, pp.139 – 161, 10.1108/03074801211218534
Hack Library School posted an interesting bit about a public library letting patrons pay off their fines by donating pet supplies to them, which would then be given to a local animal shelter. I was fascinated by such a creative take on a standard practice. I’m sure we’ve all dreaded paying our library fines. I have seen some patrons charged hundreds of dollars. I personally find late fees necessary, as we need patrons to return items.
I volunteered on the 21st and 22nd. I was a runner and directed people to certain rooms where workshops were hosted. I can’t emphasize how easy and repetitive it was and I encourage all library students to volunteer at future WILU conferences. I simply greeted and pointed people to specific rooms.
Here are the perks of volunteering:
It’s an opportunity to meet your colleagues in the program and ask them about their experiences and recommendations for courses. I was paired up with a recent MLIS graduate and she had great advice for which courses to enroll into and how to prepare for co-op applications. You will also work with other librarians. My experience in the field is that many are eager to know about your progress and provide you with advice.
Volunteering was a short commitment; my two shifts totaled 6 hours.
You can attend some of the talks. Though I did not take advantage of it because of my schedule, it would have been great to attend.
You will get swag. Lots of it.
Not featured: The food I consumed.
Here are some tips for future volunteers:
Bring a phone/watch with you. It’s important to keep track of time if assigned with short shifts.
Know your surroundings. You may be placed on an unfamiliar part of campus. Make sure to know what’s immediately around you, such as the closest restroom, as you will definitely be asked that.
Keep a copy of the programme. The pamphlet will provide important information that you will need, such as the location of workshops and when they take place.
To get involved, just wait for an email calling for volunteers and respond.
I will always be a writer first and an information professional second, so it’s exciting to know that as a Torontonian, if I decide to self-publish, I can print it at the library.
This is a great opportunity to have a book printed at a reasonable cost. Books can be between 40-800 pages and it can be anything from a cookbook to a dissertation.
I can see the makerspace/DIY trend going strong in the TPL, as they continue to offer other opportunities such as training you to use a 3-D printer among other things. Though I will not be entering public librarianship, I admire the initiatives by its staff and will definitely take advantage of what they offer.
This article lists some excellent resources that can develop our IT skills as library professionals. Professionals in the info field have encouraged me to learn more about metadata and project management and I think the links in this post will enhance one’s knowledge and skills in those areas.
I don’t think any of us entered library school with the notion that it would turn us into perfectly formed librarians, armed with everything we could possibly need to know to become whatever kind of librarian we wanted to be. Our field is much too wide ranging and evolves far too quickly for two years of learning to ever be sufficient for a lifetime of librarianship. Even if it were, I think a librarian who is uninterested in learning new things is a poor librarian indeed.
That said I was a little taken aback when I got into my courses and realized just how much the standard MLS program can’t cover. This is particularly true of online students like me who are taking a totally prescribed program; I’m being introduced tons of different concerns within the field, but career-based specialization is ultimately be up to me. For example, one of…
I went on a tour of the law library at Western University. Below are some of the pictures I took recently.
The first photo shows the stairs you climb to get into the library. When you enter, you are on the top floor. The first thing you notice is the stained glass window on the other side of the room.
On the second and third floor, I found some surprising features. The stacks have numbers for the rows, making it easier for patrons to locate items other than using a call number. Perhaps other libraries should adopt this. It is also the only library I know that has gaps in its floors (see the fourth image, where you can see the stacks downstairs).
The third floor had compact shelves which were automated. I had only ever seen manual ones before.
John Sadler, the director, led the tour and also gave us insight on the future of the library. The Bitove Law Library was moving much of its print materials offsite and digitizing it. The library posted a job ad all about moving and rearranging materials. They are planning on using the new space for patrons.
Sadler also told us about some amazing law resources: Real Property Reports (RPR) and Dominion Law Reports (DLR), which essentially highlight and summarize cases and decisions made by the courts. These are generally a part of the reference collection.