For anyone doing their eportfolio this semester, November 20 is a date imprinted on their brains. That’s the day everything must be completed and approved in order to pass and, therefore, graduate. It’s kind of a big deal.
November 20 is this Monday, so if you’re done, congratulations! If you’re not, well, keep this tab open to read for later and get back to work!
Whether you’ve recently completed your eport or are planning to soon, I have a few ideas about giving your hard work a longer shelf life:
In my quest to learn All The Things LIS careers-related, I spoke to Brad Rogers, Director of Recruiting at LibGig. LibGig is a staffing firm for the library and information management professions, which means it’s customized for people like us and organizations who might hire us. “Brad is responsible for running LibGig operations and web services and managing recruitment for LibGig and all LAC Group’s divisions” (source), which makes him an invaluable fount of information for a soon-to-be-graduating iSchooler. I hope you think so, too!
“Recent graduates are experiencing faster placements and earning more money than last year’s” is the big take away from Library Journal’s Placements and Salaries: 2017. Each year, LJ surveys ALA-accredited library and information science schools, analyzes the results, and publishes the data. There has not always been great news like this year, but there’s always some interesting tidbits. Here are a few of the stats that jumped out at me:
Are you interested in a career outside of academic or public libraries? Are you curious about LIS jobs in the pharmaceutical industry or another STEM area? Do you want to know what job titles to search for beyond “librarian”? Then I wholeheartedly recommend you watch a recent Career Development webcast: Information Management Roles in Pharmaceutical Companies.
The speaker, Mindy Beattie, is Associate Director of Library and Information Services at Gilead Sciences and proof that you don’t need a STEM background to land jobs in the pharmaceutical industry. In a thoughtful and engaging presentation, Mindy discusses her background and how she got to Gilead, the roles she and her team play, and how the LIS group supports and fits into the corporation.
Are you interested in a career outside of a traditional library environment? SJSU’s Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has an outstanding webinar coming up! On Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm Pacific, join ASIS&T and Jill Klees for “Transferable skills and the LIS degree: How to market your LIS skills to job markets outside of libraries.”
Jill Klees, the iSchool’s Career Center Liaison, will discuss how to sell the skills you’ve developed in library school to non-library employers. I know that between classes, jobs, and internships, you have definitely developed some marketable skills! I’ve written about transferable skills before, but ASIS&T’s program is a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from an expert, ask questions, and learn from your classmates.
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 5:30 p.m. 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!