Happy new year!
Don’t let that title start any rumors — I’m not headed anywhere new at the moment. But I have finished my first blog posting in response to audience feedback at November’s webcast. I put together a posting responding to a range of questions that participants shared regarding how to move between types of libraries, or how to move between departments in academic libraries. ACRL kindly offered to post it to their blog, ACRLog.
Check it out, and please feel free to share your feedback and experiences: https://acrlog.org/2020/01/07/big-transitions-changing-jobs-within-and-between-libraries/
Thanks to all of you who attended the ACRL Membership Committee webcast that I presented this afternoon, “Making Yourself Marketable for Academic Librarian Positions.” If you’re interested, please feel free to download the presentation slides.
You’re also welcome to download the full text of the original book chapter, “Making Yourself Marketable for Academic Librarian Positions.” Thanks again, ACRL, for that Creative Commons license.
Our hosts at ACRL tell me that about 175 people participated in the webcast. Even better, they tell me that many participants were pointing each other toward solutions, options, and resources. (I have yet to see the full transcript from the “chat box” — I had minimized it during the presentation & am waiting for ACRL to download it for me. Once I have it, I will go through the transcript line by line as promised.)
We talked through some challenging issues during the webcast! I’m glad to hear that a number of you gathered useful advice from it. I also gathered that plenty of participants were feeling frustrated with the job search — and understandably so!
Here’s a plan for what I’m going to work on in terms of further information:
- Tomorrow, I’ll start by sharing selected resources on interviewing and salary negotiation.
After that, I’ll begin responding to themes among the questions & comments. Some that our ACRL colleagues Rachel and Ed noted from the chat box were:
- Building relationships with your professors and classmates when you’re in an online MLS program
- Planning your work experiences when you’re in an online MLS program
- Moving from public to academic libraries
- Starting out as an information literacy instructor if you haven’t had experience teaching in an academic library
- Using online teaching materials that you’ve created to highlight your teaching skills & potential
- Planning your transition from paraprofessional to librarian positions in academic libraries
Lots to work with! Please feel free to continue to get in touch with thoughts and questions. Thanks to everyone who tuned in. Come on back to this site throughout the week to keep joining in the conversation.
As always, I wish you the best in your job search!