Going into my first job interview for a teacher librarian position, I had no idea what to expect. I had not worked in the field before, so I wasn’t sure what to emphasize as my strengths. The administration took a chance on me and now I am in my second year as a teacher librarian.
So, what did I wish I knew before going into my interview? Lots of things. I certainly would have changed what skill sets I emphasized. Lucky for you, my knowledge is your gain!
Without further ado, here are the five things I wish I knew before my interview and how you can use them to your advantage.
If you have a Twitter account, you probably use it like most people: live-tweeting the season premiere of your favorite TV show or sharing your opinion about the new restaurant in town. While this is a diverting activity, Twitter can also be really useful for networking and professional development—when used properly. As someone who uses Twitter regularly to interact with librarians around the world, I can say with certainty that this social media platform can do so much more than update you on the minutia of your friend’s day. So, how can you use Twitter to network and build your professional contacts? Here are my tips for making the most out of Twitter.
Many employers look for leaders. But what does that mean in the library world? A new series of webinars aims to answer that question.
Starting last week, the iSchool’s Leadership & Management Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Sue Alman and Dr. Cheryl Stenstrom, began hosting webinars that feature library leaders who truly make an impact in their field. The very first of these webinars was entitled “A Day in the Life of a Leader: Part 1.” It focused on two librarians at St. Thomas Public Library in Ontario, Canada: Dana Vanzanten, Manager of Advocacy and Community Development, and Heather Robinson, Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Stenstrom explained the webinars meet “the need for the School of Information to help students see a path towards management and management careers . . . having a view into a typical day in the life of a leader might be useful for students.”
As students deeply entrenched in the library world, you’ve probably read about the recent controversy over books in New York correctional institutions. If not, let me catch you up. This past January, it was reported that inmates would no longer be able to receive packages except from a few carefully selected vendors. This would mean that families can no longer send comfort items from home, including books, and inmates only have access to the few books sold by the approved vendors. Luckily, after a public outcry, the state put the new guidelines on hold until they can be further reviewed. In a related story, The New York Times reported that Texas prisons have a ban on 10,000 books. Some of the banned works include children’s books and humor titles.
These stories made me question what goes on at prison libraries. When a webinar invitation appeared in my email about correctional librarianship, I knew that was just what I needed to educate myself on this timely topic.
You may feel like you’re often the best candidate for the job, but for reasons you can’t really pin down, you find yourself going to interview after interview with no call-backs. What’s going on?
According to a substantial number of LIS hiring managers, job applicants unfamiliar with interview expectations and etiquette frequently sabotage their chances without realizing what caused the damage. These are the issues that may be harming your interview outcomes:
Your punctuality. There is no such thing as fashionably late in interviews, and no matter how good your excuse for lateness may be, you’ve already started things off poorly. You want to arrive about 5-10 minutes early, giving yourself enough time to breathe deeply, settle your thoughts, and review your notes about the organization and the job.
By Kim Dority
You’ve probably heard it many times – doing at least one internship before you graduate will substantially increase your job opportunities after you graduate.
And, in fact, that’s generally true.
The problem is, no one tells you how to find the time to take on an internship when you may be working at least part-time, handling family obligations, and struggling to keep up with the required number of courses.
The reality is that even under the best of circumstances, it’s going to be a challenge. However, there are some strategies that might make it a bit easier to work this extra commitment into your life. For example:
Let’s face it: finding a job can be a job in itself! With all of the job board websites out there, it can be difficult to find what is actually relevant to you.
Handshake, a new platform offered to SJSU students, helps to eliminate some of the job hunting stress. Employers who are specifically looking for SJSU graduates post jobs on Handshake in many fields. Plus, since Handshake is linked to your SJSU account, you don’t have to memorize another password.
So, how can you best utilize Handshake to stand out to employers? Here are some tips and tricks for maximizing your time on Handshake.
If you’re a current iSchool student, you’ve definitely heard about the MLIS core competencies. You may even be planning your future courses and to diligently make sure you take a course that meets each competency. These 15 competencies (A-O) ensure all graduates are armed with the essential knowledge to land a career and excel in the information science field.
As MLIS students, we know that libraries exist in all organizations. From medicine, to law, to corporate and in between, libraries are essential everywhere. This past Tuesday, SJSU students learned that even Disney requires the special skills of librarians. The SJSU Special Libraries Association and the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter co-hosted a Q&A with Special Librarians from Disney’s Animation Research Library webinar, during which attendees got to hear from three current employees.
Special librarians, such as those at Disney, provide library services in a non-library-based environment. Collections are highly specialized and sometimes very unique. The over 80 lucky webinar attendees got to see examples of actual assets in the collection, such as 3D objects, story sketches, drawings and more.
Unfortunately, due to the examples shared, the webinar was not recorded. But, fear not, the iSchool blog is here for you!
Classes are wrapping up, and there are about 6 weeks of academic freedom ahead (classes resume January 24). Six weeks? That’s a lot of opportunities to catch up on your non-required reading (also, napping).
If you’re anything like me, you have some articles saved in your RSS feed, or newsletters “marked as unread” in your inbox, or 12 open tabs in your browser just waiting for a moment of your time. That time is now (and the next few weeks). So please be kind as I admit that I haven’t read all of these! I also welcome your additions in the comments!