Have you thought about a LIS career that’s NOT in a library? If so, or if your curiosity is piqued, join the Career Development team on Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30pm Pacific for LIS Jobs in Pharma: What They Are, Where They Are, and How to Land One. Mindy Beattie, Associate Director of Library & Information Sciences at Gilead Sciences, will present via Collaborate, and it sounds both interesting and informative.
I didn’t know this, but you don’t have to have a STEM background to land jobs in the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, pharma companies are looking for a range of LIS skills, including ones you can master during your iSchool tenure. Of course, if you don’t know how the pharmaceutical industry works or what skills those are, it’s hard to map out a class schedule that makes sense. But a solution awaits!
Last week, the iSchool’s Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) presented "Job Hunting: What Search Committees Want You to Know" via Collaborate. Gene Hyde, University of North Carolina at Asheville's Archivist and Head of Special Collections, presented national research findings on what search committees look for in library and archives applicants. So, more generally, how to get a job.
Inspired by his experiences participating in and chairing search committees, Hyde and his research partners surveyed 550 academic librarians who had served on them. He and his colleagues were trying to understand why, with all the how-to-act-in-a-job-interview information out there, they were seeing the same mistakes over and over during candidate searches. They wondered if it was unique to their small, rural setting (and candidates not taking them seriously) or more widespread.
Hyde and his team looked at seven “points of interaction” search committees have with candidates and built a list of what not to do, based on survey responses. These contact points are:
I attended Library 2.0 earlier this week, and while the title of this post implies that I’ll be talking about cool new makerspace ideas, I’m not. It was incredibly interesting to view sessions through my Career-Blog-colored-glasses because it was like watching LIS skills in action. Take note – if they’re not already part of your resume and cover letter language, they probably can, and should, be!
I recently wrote about how you can use Library 2.0 to boost your career. Well, I’ve been thinking about it some more and have come up with a few additional ideas. Library 2.0: Makerspaces is tomorrow (don’t worry, sessions will be recorded), so now seemed like a good time to share. I’d love to read ideas from you in the comments!
If you are enrolled in INFO 200 this semester, then you qualify for a free one-year membership in a professional organization. This is awesome, because a) the iSchool student groups are top notch, and b) membership in professional organizations has all kinds of benefits. So how to choose? Here’s where I come in!
On Thursday, October 5 at 5:30pm PDT, SJSU Career Center liaison extraordinaire, Jill Klees, will hold her monthly workshop via Collaborate. Her presentation – “Update Your Resume” – is timely for you if you are:
- preparing to graduate
- considering an internship
- a recent graduate
- looking to get a job.
So, in sum, it will be useful for everyone!
One of Jill’s great talents is making online Collaborate sessions feel welcoming, inclusive, and personal. She’s always happy to answer participant questions, and I always come away from one of her workshops feeling both energized and smarter.
Remember that alumni survey I referred to last week? You probably won’t be surprised that your colleagues had plenty more to say! One interesting issue that emerged is that pretty much everyone said, “No matter what else you do, be sure to do an internship before you graduate,” and yet only 1/3 actually did one. This seems to be a classic case of “do as I say, not what I do.”
Have you registered for the Library 2.0 conference that’s happening in just a couple of weeks? Perhaps I should back up a bit – do you know about the free, virtual, Library 2.0 conference on October 11? If not, you should definitely check it out, as it’s a pretty amazing collection of events that the iSchool puts together for the LIS community each year.
The iSchool recently introduced a new career pathway – Data Science. Perhaps this doesn’t strike you as very library-sounding? It may not seem so at first, but after learning a little more about what data science is, it makes total sense.
“Data science is the art and science of collecting, organizing, processing, analyzing, archiving, preserving, and providing access to massive amounts of data in order to extract meaningful information” (source). See? Now it makes sense that it falls under the LIS umbrella. Librarians have been organizing and making findable (cataloging) data (collections) since the beginning of
time libraries. Now that mankind has shifted from cuneiform to papyrus to paper and now to digital formats, the world needs librarians to make sense of the virtual clutter.
If you’re reading this blog, then hopefully you also are aware of the Career Development resources the iSchool provides. One of the most practical pages in the collection is Job Listing Sites and Resources; it is literally a long list of websites where both MLIS and MARA folks can look at job postings.
The list (and the job search) can be kind of intimidating, I know. But the good news is that I have insider information to share with you! The iSchool recently surveyed 2016 MLIS graduates, and participants shared “3 resources that have been helpful in your job search.” Here’s what I learned: