Podcasts are currently all the rage. You might even already have a few favorites. But did you know there are several library-related podcasts out there? These podcasts are a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the library world outside of academia and learn about new career options you never considered. Their topics also make great conversation starters during an interview! Without further ado, here are five library podcasts to keep you entertained and informed.
If you just graduated a few weeks ago and are wondering, “What am I supposed to do now?”—the iSchool offers excellent webinars that answer that very question.
For example, the “Graduated – Now What?” webinar explains the smart steps to take once you toss your tassel. Jill Klees, iSchool Career Liaison, hosted this helpful webinar.
Klees reminded students that she is available to “work with you on whatever you need that has a focus on your career and job search.”
She began with a discussion of excitement versus fear. Many people feel one way or the other when beginning their job search.
Klees recommended that students visit the Career Development pages provided by the iSchool.
“This is a great place for you to check out and for you to start,” Klees explained.
She identified four steps that go into a job search: develop a strategy, know what you want, know who you are and get started.
Develop a Strategy
Have you always planned on doing an internship before you graduate? Do you know exactly what kind of internship you want?
But, what happens when you can’t find that dream internship?
The answer is simple: create it yourself!
Yes, you really can! With a little prep work, you can create the internship of your dreams at any organization you choose, even if they don’t offer it now.
If you have an idea of what you want to do, check out Handshake and other job search sites for open internships. If you can find exactly or close to what you want, be sure to copy the job description.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, start writing. Use another internship description as a model and craft your perfect internship description. Make sure it is thorough, formal and understandable.
Try to be as specific as possible in your duties and expectations. A company without an internship program might feel hesitant if they don’t know exactly how it will go ahead of time.
How many cover letters do you have in your arsenal? Just one? You might want to reconsider your strategy. Cover letters are your potential employers’ first impression of you. You don’t want to send them a generic form letter that doesn’t properly show your enthusiasm for the job. So, how do you craft that perfect cover letter that demonstrates both your skills and your excitement about the job? Read on.
When you think of a leader, who comes to mind? Maybe a former teacher, a government official or someone in business?
If you didn’t think about a librarian, you need to think again.
The iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, hosted several webinars that featured library leaders who truly have an impact in their field. We covered part one, part two and part three in earlier posts. The fourth webinar, “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 4,” featured Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries in Florida. Before going to Florida, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and senior VP for Queens Library in New York City.
Whether you are getting your diploma this month or just starting the MLIS program, your end goal is the same: landing a great job. The iSchool at SJSU conducts an annual study of LIS-related job posting to see what employers are looking for. They reviewed 400 job postings in February and March of this year to determine the similarities among them. The MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings Spring 2018 report is an excellent resource for students at any stage in their schooling.
If you’re wondering what skills you need to stand out in the job market, here are the top 10 takeaways from this essential report.
Think your MLIS degree will keep you in the background? Think again.
“New MLIS holders are often reluctant or don’t quite understand how quickly they will find themselves in management and leadership positions,” Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom explains.
With this knowledge, how can we as MLIS students prepare to be successful leaders?
The iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Stenstrom, hosted several webinars that featured library leaders who truly make an impact in their field. We covered part one and part two in earlier posts. The third webinar, “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 3,” featured Dr. Melissa Fraser-Arnott, Chief of Integrated Library Services at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada.
Have you ever attended a conference? If not, it is likely you will at least once during your career. Big conferences like ALA Annual or Young Adult Services Symposium to small conferences like ones held by your state library association are excellent opportunities for professional development.
Last week I attended the Maryland Library Association / Delaware Library Association Conference in Cambridge, MD. This was my first professional conference as an MLIS student. It was a great learning experience for me and I hope to pass some of that knowledge on to you.
We all know leadership is important. But what does leadership look like in an academic library?
The iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, hosted several webinars that featured library leaders who truly make an impact in their field. We covered part one in an earlier post. The second webinar, “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 2,” featured Dr. Tracy Elliot, the dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at SJSU.
Dr. Elliot worked at several other colleges before coming to SJSU to take the position of dean in June 2016. She holds a doctorate in leadership and a master’s in library science.
Dr. Elliot said she had “no hesitations” about taking a leadership role and “jumped in headfirst” to her new role.
Despite her confidence, she admits she learned a lot in her new position.
You may already have a LinkedIn profile, a professional Twitter account or a detailed Indeed profile. But what about a website? Employers want to see samples of your work, descriptions of your job responsibilities and a showcase of your skills—preferably all in one place. What platform gives you all this and more? A personal website.
If you’re thinking: “I don’t know how to code!”—don’t worry. There are tons of great platforms out there that do not require any skill. If you do have some knowledge, you can also start from scratch or choose a platform with customization capabilities. Either way, creating your personal, professional website can be easy and even a little fun.
Choosing a platform. There are lots of options available to you. Some of these are available for free and some require a subscription fee. Most have a free option that comes with a lot of branding (AKA promotional text from the platform). Three platforms I have worked with in the past are detailed below.