Archive for the ‘employment’ Category. job ads — now on twitter

Just flying by to say that job ads can now be found on twitter. Yes. Finally. :) So follow @LISjobscom for updates.

Getting a job in a tough economy

I’ve been doing some talks lately on career building in a down economy, so was interested to see ALA’s new Getting a Job in a Tough Economy Toolkit. It’s obviously a work in progress, and kind of weirdly organized, but I’m cheered to see any association movement toward helping librarians instead of solely focusing on libraries.

Dear ALA: Here’s a shamelessly self-promoting suggestion — why not link up to :P Just a thought.

Anyway. What do you all think of it?

Getting a job in a tough economy toolkit

This is fascinating. I’m wondering how it reconciles with the whole recruitment push, or if they’re going to lay off that for a while?


For Immediate Release                                                                 Jenifer Grady
May 15, 2009                                                                           

ALA Wants Your Stories About How to Get a Job

In preparation for a new American Library Association (ALA) Web-based toolkit called Get a Job!, the association is seeking your stories and advice about what to do and what NOT to do to find employment, particularly in this economy.  ALA asks employers and consultants to share words of wisdom about what a candidate has done to impress you.  ALA wants new employees to share their best tactics in landing the job of their dreams.  ALA also invites everyone to send their best preparation, interviewing or “I wish someone had told me” anecdotes for possible inclusion on the website.

Get a Job!, will debut at the ALA Annual Conference, and in addition to the expected resume and cover letters suggestions, will also feature advice on how to use social networking tools in your job search, what to do if you’re laid off, budgeting assistance, networking techniques, and strategies for finding out about the economy and jobs in various parts of the United States.  The interactive toolkit will include information specific to those seeking their first job, mid-career staff and those changing professions.

The site will be a one-stop resource including and/or linking to information prepared by units within ALA, as well as linking to information about related best practices from other fields. As the site evolves, it will offer tips, suggested links and readings, a blog, podcasts from experts, timelines, and activities/checklists for new librarians and support staff.

Get a Job! is being developed by nine units within the American Library Association in collaboration with the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association.

Email your stories to Jenifer Grady at by Friday, June 5, 2009.

Garb for your next ALA conference?

Things you find on Flickr while looking for something else…..!

The Pact

I recently read a post over at Feministing about the idea of a “share your salary” pact, which relates the following anecdote (from Pink magazine, although the linked article doesn’t contain it; it is in the full article in the print version):

Apparently Gloria Steinem once told a room full of corporate execs that they should pick one woman in the room and make a pact to always be honest with one another about their salaries. Paula Henderson, one of the young women in the room, made just such a pact, and through twenty years of career changes and economic ups and downs, she estimates that having that transparency made she and her pact partner about three million dollars!

I’m thinking that number might be somewhat less in the library field. However, the case for transparency stands: What if early career librarians made a similar pact with one another? Not to go all Schoolhouse Rock on you, but knowledge is power. Although librarians who are public employees have some built-in transparency there already, this info is often buried (use those mad librarian skills to find it; you might be shocked!). Taking inspiration from someone who graduated (or started working) around the same time as you, as you watch each others’ salaries/job titles leapfrog one another, might spur you to move forward in your career or negotiate what you’re worth.

Trouble negotiating? Be sure to read both Women Don’t Ask and the followup Ask for It, by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. Get angry, then get to asking — or at least set the idea aside for when our craptactular economy begins to rebound.

On a related note, Feministing also recently linked to this cheery little Equal Pay commercial (video, sound, language warning). The underlying issues here are fodder for another post (or twelve), but these are issues we should be thinking and talking more about in a still female-dominated profession.

Random links: freelancing

Salon has a handy article up on “What Every Freelancer Should Know” — which I should have posted before U.S. taxes were due, but there are some other handy tips in there too. In case you’re wondering what a freelancer looks like, anyway, you can find out over at BookLust. (Has this ever happened to you?)

Given the surge of interest in work-at-home options, I started a category over at the forums for telecommuting opportunities. I’ve posted a couple telecommuting/freelance options that have crossed my radar, but would love if others would share any they see — or tips — as well.

Lastly, those of you who travel frequently to do workshops or consult might appreciate this recent UserFriendly comic. It made me snort coffee, anyway…

Telling it like it is

One thing about Dorothea Salo, she doesn’t mince words. If you’re on the job market — especially if you’re a new grad on the job market — read this and wince. It’s what everyone else has been trying to say more nicely.

Get paid to interview for jobs. No, really.

See, you CAN find anything at all on the Internet… at, you apparently can get paid to interview for jobs. They have a little tool on the front page where you can calculate your own interview price. My “suggested interview price?” $200. What’s yours?