Guide to Employment Sources in the Library and Information Professions

Compiled by Maxine Moore
Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.ala.org/hrdr/
800/545-2433 ext. 4279

January 2003

 




 


   CONTENTS:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   INTRODUCTION
 

This year's Guide updates the listing in the 2003 Bowker Annual with information on new services and changes in contacts and groups listed previously. The sources listed primarily give assistance in obtaining professional positions, although a few indicate assistance with paraprofessionals.  A few to begin with are: Council on Library/Media Technicians, Inc., resources for on the job in libraries at LibrarySupportStaff.com, and Library Support Staff Resource Center's Employment Resources http://flightline.highline.ctc.edu/lssrc/.

| Back to Contents |

 

   GENERAL SOURCES OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION JOBS

Library Literature: Classified ads of library vacancies and positions wanted are carried in many of the national, regional, state and organizational library journals, newsletters and periodicals. Members of associations can sometimes list "position wanted" ads free of charge in their membership publications. Listings of positions available are regularly found in American Libraries, Chronicle of Higher Education, College & Research Libraries News, Library Journal, and Library Hotline. State and regional library association newsletters, state library journals, foreign library periodicals, and other types of periodicals carrying such ads are listed in later sections.

Newspapers: Local newspapers, particularly the larger city Sunday editions, such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune often carry job vacancy listings in libraries, both professional and paraprofessional. There are also online versions of the newspapers and journals.

Internet: Many library-related electronic listservs on the Internet often post library job vacancies interspersed with other news and discussion items. A number of general online job search bulletin boards exists.  By surfing the internet, these may include information-related job notices along with other types of jobs. This Guide includes information on electronic access where available through the individual organizations listed below.

Some library-related job search web links include:


| Back to Contents |

 

   LIBRARY JOBLINES
 

Library joblines or job "hotlines" give recorded telephone messages of job openings in a specific geographical area. Most tapes are changed once a week, although individual listings may sometimes be carried for several weeks. Although the information is fairly brief and the cost of calling is borne by the individual job seeker, a jobline provides a quick and up-to-date listing of vacancies that is not usually possible with printed listings or journal ads.
 

Most joblines carry listings for their state or region only although some will occasionally accept out-of-state positions if there is room on the tape. While a few will list technician and other paraprofessional positions, the majority are for professional jobs only. When calling the joblines, one might occasionally find a time when the telephone keeps ringing without any answer. This will usually mean that the tape is being changed or there are no new jobs for that period. The classified section of American Libraries carries jobline numbers periodically in issues as space permits.
 

The following joblines are in operation:

Library Joblines

Jobline Sponsor

Job Listings

British Columbia Library Association
(B. C. listings only) 

604/683-5354

Delaware Division of Libraries (in-state)
(Delaware, N.J. & Pennsylvania listings) 

800/282-8696 
302/739-4748

Drexel University College of Inf. Sci. & Tech. 

215/895-2562

Library Jobline of Illinois
(co-sponsored by the Special Libraries Association,
Ill. Chapter & Ill. Library Assn.) 

312/409-5986

Maryland Library Association (24-hrs.)
(Mon.-Fri., 9:00am-4:30pm) 

410/947-5094

New England Library Jobline (24-hrs.)
(N.E. jobs only) 

617/521-2815

University of North Texas 

940/565-2445

Ohio Library Council (24-hrs.) 

614/225-6999

Pennsylvania Cooperative Job Hotline
(sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association;  also accepts paraprofessional out-of-state listings) 

717/234-4646

Pratt Institute SILS Job Hotline 

718/636-3742

Special Libraries Association 

202/234-4700

Special Libraries Association,
Southern California Chapter 

818/795-2145

University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies 

416/978-7073

University of Western Ontario 
Faculty of Communications and Open Learning 

519/661-3542

| Back to Contents |

 

   SPECIALIZED LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS AND GROUPS

ACCESS,
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 838, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202/785-4233, fax 202/785-4212; e-mail: commjobs@aol.com, website: http://communityjobs.org/.
A comprehensive national resource on employment, voluntary service and career development in the non-profit sector. ACCESS promotes involvement in public issues by providing specialized employment publications and services for job seekers. It serves as a resource to non-profit organizations on recruitment, diversity and staff development.

Advanced Information Management,
444 Castro St., Suite 320, Mountain View, CA 94041, 650/965-7900; fax 650/965-7907; e-mail: aimno.aimusa@juno.com, website: www.aimusa.com/content/employment_services/search_hot_job.shtml.
A placement agency that specializes in library and information personnel. We offer work on a temporary, permanent and contract basis for both professional librarians and paraprofessionals in the special, public and academic library marketplace. We supply consultants who can work with special projects in libraries or manage library development projects. We maintain offices in Southern California (900 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1424, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213/489-9800; fax 213/489-9802) as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no fee to applicants.

American Association of Law Libraries Career Hotline
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 940, Chicago, IL 60604, 312/939-4764.
Ads may be viewed at the job placement hotline: www.aallnet.org/.

American Libraries, "Career LEADS," c/o American Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.
Classified job listings published in each monthly issue of American Libraries magazine, listing some 100 job openings grouped by type, plus "Late Job Notices" added near press time as space and time permits. Contains subsections: "Positions Wanted," "Librarians' Classified," joblines, and regional salary scales. Also contains "ConsultantBase" four times annually.

American Libraries, ConsultantBase (CBase) and Hot Jobs Online
A service that helps match professionals offering library/information expertise with institutions seeking it. Published quarterly, CBase appears in the Career LEADS section of the January, April, June, and October issues of American Libraries. Rates: $5.50/line--classified; $55/inch--display. Inquiries should be made to Jon Kartman, LEADS Editor, American Libraries, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 800/545-2433 x4211, fax 312/944-8541, e-mail: careerleads@ala.org.

American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795, 312/280-2513.
Classified advertising appears each month in College & Research Libraries News. Ads appearing in the print edition of C&RL News are also posted to C&RL NewsNet, an abridged electronic edition of C&RL News accessible at: www.ala.org/acrl/c&rlnew2.html.

American Library Association, Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312/280-4281, website: www.ala.org/hrdr/placement.html.
A placement service is provided at each Annual Conference (June or July) and Midwinter Meeting (January or February). Register online at the web address above.

In addition to the ALA conference placement center, ALA division national conferences usually include a placement service. See American Libraries "Datebook" for dates of upcoming divisional conferences, since these are not held every year. ALA provides website job postings from American Libraries, C&RL NewsNet, LITA Job Site, and its conference placement services located in the library education and employment menu page: www.ala.org/education/.

American Society for Information Science and Technology
1320 Fenwick Lane, #510, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301/495-0900, fax 301/495-0810, e-mail: asis@asis.org, website: www.asis.org.
There is an active placement service operated at ASIST Annual Meetings (usually October - locales change). All conference attendees (both ASIST members and non-members), as well as ASIST members who cannot attend the conference, are eligible to use the service to list or find jobs. Job listings are also accepted from employers who cannot attend the conference. Interviews are arranged. Throughout the year, current job openings are listed in ASIST JOBLINE, a monthly publication sent to all members, and available to non-members on request, with self-addressed, stamped envelope.

American Theological Library Association

250 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60606-5889, Toll-free (North America) 888-665-ATLA, Outside North America, 312-454-5100, Fax 312/454-5505, E-mail: atla@atla.com

ATLA is a professional association of more than 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA'S ecumenicaal membership represents many religious traditions and denominations.  ATLA's website lists positions open in both its member and non-member libraries.

Art Libraries Society/North America (ARLIS/NA)
c/o Executive Director, 329 March Road, #232, Kanata Ontario, A2K 2E1 Canada 800/817-0621, fax: 613/599-7027, e-mail: arlisna@igs.net, website: www.arlisna.org/jobs.html.
Art information and visual resources curator jobs are listed in the ARLIS/NA UPDATE (6 times a year) and a job registry is maintained at Society headquarters. Any employer may list a job with the registry but only members may request job information. Listings also available on ARLIS-L list and website. Call the office for registration and/or published information.

Asian/Pacific American Libraries Newsletter
c/o Wilfred Fong (Guest Editor), School of Library Inf. Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413, 414-229-5421, fax: 414-229-4848, e-mail: Fong@slis.uwm.edu.
Quarterly. Includes some job ads. Free to members of Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite. 8, Reston, VA 20190-5202, 703/243-4146, fax 703/435-4390, e-mail: alise@drohanmgmt.com, website: www.alise.org.
Provides placement service at Annual Conference (Jan. or Feb.) for library and information studies faculty and administrative positions.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology
1800 N. Stonelake Dr., Suite 2, Bloomington, IN 47408, 812/335-7675, fax: 812/335-7678, Toll free: (877) 677-AECT, e-mail: aect@aect.org, website: http://aect.org.
AECT maintains a placement listing on the AECT web site and provides a placement service at the annual convention, free to all registrants.

Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202/296-2296, e-mail: arlhq@arl.org, website: http://db.arl.org/careers/.
Job openings at ARL member libraries.

Black Caucus Newsletter
c/o Greta Lowe, BCALA Editor, P.O. Box 1738, Hampton, VA 23669, 757-727-5561, fax: 757-727-5952, e-mail: greta.lowe@hamptonu.edu.
Lists paid advertisements for vacancies. Free to members, $10/ yr. to others. Published bi-monthly by Four-G Publishers, Inc. News accepted continuously. Biographies, essays, books and reviews of interest to members are invited.

C. Berger Group, Inc.
327 E. Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188, 630/653-1115, 800/382-4222, fax 630/653-1691, email: cberger@cberger.com, Web site: www.cberger.com.
Founded in 1982, C. Berger Group, Inc. provides library staffing and information management consulting services to clients nationwide. Temporary and contract professionals and support personnel are available for short and long-term assignments in all types of library settings. CBG consultants plan and manage executive searches for managers, directors and specialists and oversee teams for automation, inventory, cataloging, indexing and collection development projects. CBG is an authorized Inmagic@ business partner.

Canadian Library Association
328 Frank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2P 0X8, 613/232-9625, website: www.cla.ca/.
Publishes career ads in Feliciter magazine.

Carney, Sandoe & Associates
136 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, 800/225-7986, fax: 617/542-9400, e-mail: recruitment@carneysandoe.com, website: www.carneysandoe.com.
An educational recruitment firm that places teachers and administrators in private, independent schools across the U.S. and overseas.

Catholic Library Association
9009 Carter St., Allen Park, MI 48101, e-mail: cla@vgernet.net.
Personal and institutional members of CLA are given free space (35 words) to advertise for jobs or to list job openings in Catholic Library World (4/yr.). Others may advertise. Contact advertising coordinator for rates.

Chinese-American Librarians Association Newsletter
c/o Lan Yang, Sterling C. Evans Library, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-5000.
Job listings in newsletter issued in February, June, and October. Free to members.

Cleveland (OH) Area Metropolitan Library System Job Listing Service
20600 Chagrin Blvd., #500, Shaker Heights, OH 44122, 216/921-3900, e-mail: camls@camls.org, website: www.camls.org.

Council on Library/Media Technicians, Inc.
c/o Membership Chair, PO Box 52057, Riverside, CA 92517-3057, website: http//colt.ucr.edu/.
COLT Newsletter appears bi-monthly in Library Mosaics, website: www.librarymosaics.com.

Labat-Anderson, Inc.
8000 Westpark Dr., #400, McLean, VA 22102, 703/506-9600, fax: 703/506-4646.
One of the largest providers of library and records management services to the federal government. Supports various federal agencies in 27 states, with many positions located in the Washington, D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco areas. Resumes and cover letters will gladly be accepted from librarians with an ALA-accredited M.L.S. and records managers, or from applicants with library and/or records management experience, for full- and part-time employment.

The Library Co-Op, Inc.
3840 Park Ave., Suite 107, Edison, NJ 08820, 732/906-1777 or 800/654-6275, fax: 732/906-3562, e-mail: librco@compuserve.com.
The company is licensed as both a temporary and permanent employment agency and provides consultants to work in a wide variety of information settings and functions from library moving to database management, catalog maintenance, reference, retrospective conversion and more. Recent developments include the forming of a new division "ABCD Filing Services" and the hiring of two specialists in space planning. Another new division, LAIRD Consulting, provides a full range of automation expertise for hardware, software, LANS and WANS. Resellers of INMAGIL software.

Library Management Systems
Corporate Pointe, Ste.755, Culver City, CA 90230, 310/216-6436, 800/567-4669, fax: 310/649-6388, e-mail: lms@ix.netcom.com; and Three Bethesda Metro Center, Ste. 700, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301/961-1984, fax: 301/652-6240, e-mail: lmsdc@ix.netcom.com.
LMS has been providing library staffing, recruitment and consulting to public and special libraries and businesses since 1983. LMS organizes and manages special libraries; designs and implements major projects (including retrospective conversions, automation studies, and records management, etc); performs high-quality cataloging outsourcing; and furnishes contract staffing to all categories of information centers. LMS has a large database of librarians and library assistants on call for long- and short-term projects and provides permanent placement at all levels.

Library Mosaics
P.O. Box 5171, Culver City, CA 90231, 310/645-4998, website: www.librarymosaics.com.
Magazine appears bi-monthly and will accept listings for library/media support staff positions. However, correspondence relating to jobs cannot be handled.

Medical Library Association
65 E. Wacker Pl., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60602-4805, 312/419-9094 x29, website: www.mlanet.org.
MLA News (10 issues per year) lists positions wanted and positions available in its "Employment Opportunities" column. MLA also offers a placement service at Annual Conference each spring. Job advertisements received for MLA News publication are posted to the MLANET Jobline.

Music Library Association Joblist
c/o A-R Editions, 8551 Research Way, #180, Middletown, WI 53562, e-mail: mla-web@musiclibraryassoc.org , website: www.musiclibraryassoc.org/.  The professional organization for music libraries in the U.S.

Ohio Library Council
35 E. Gay St., Suite 305, Columbus, OH 43215, 614/221-9057, e-mail: olc@olc.org, website: www.olc.org.
OLC serves as an advocate for public libraries and provides opportunities for library related personnel.

Pro Libra Associates, Inc.
6 Inwood Pl., Maplewood, NJ 07040, 973/762-0070, 800-262-0070, e-mail: prolibra-2@mail.idt.net.
A multi-service library firm, Pro Libra specializes in personnel placement (permanent and temporary), consulting, management and project support for libraries and information centers. For over 24 years, has provided personnel services to catalog, inventory, rearrange and staff libraries and information centers in corporate, academic and public institutions.

REFORMA
National Association to Promote Library Service to the Spanish-Speaking,
P.O. Box 832, Anaheim, CA 92815-0832, website: www.reforma.org.
Employers wishing to do direct mailings to the REFORMA membership (900+) may obtain mailing labels arranged in zip code order for $100. Contact Al Milo, 714/738-6383. Job ads are also published quarterly in the REFORMA Newsletter.

Society of American Archivists
527 S. Wells St., 5th fl., Chicago, IL 60607-3922, 312/922-0140, fax: 312/347-1452, e-mail: info@archivists.org, website: www.archivists.org.
The Archival Outlook is sent (to members only) six times annually and contains features about the archival profession and other timely pieces on courses in archival administration, meetings, and professional opportunities (job listings). The Online Employment Bulletin is a weekly listing of professional opportunities posted on the website. The SAA Employment Bulletin is a bi-monthly listing of job opportunities available to members and to non-members.

Special Libraries Association
1700 18th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-2514, 202/234-4700, fax: 202/265-9317, e-mail: sla@sla.org, website: www.sla.org.
SLA maintains a telephone jobline, SpeciaLine, which is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 202/234-4700 ext. 1. Most SLA chapters have employment chairpersons who act as referral persons for employers and job seekers. Several SLA chapters have joblines. The Association's monthly magazine, Information Outlook, carries classified advertising.

TeleSec CORESTAFF
Information Management Division, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Suite 414, Wheaton, MD 20902, 301/949-4097, fax: 301/949-8729, e-mail: library@corestaff.com, website: www.corestaff.com/searchlines.
Offers many opportunities to get started in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. library market through short and long-term assignments in federal agencies, law firms, corporations, associations, and academic institutions.

Tuft & Associates, Inc.
1209 Astor St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312/642-8889, fax: 312/642-8883. Specialists in nationwide executive searches for administrative posts in libraries and information centers.

Wontawk Gossage, Associates
25 W. 43rd St., #812, New York, NY 10036, 212/869-3348, fax: 212/997-1127; and 304 Newbury St., #314, Boston, MA 02115, 617/867-9209, fax: 617/437-9317, e-mail: swarner@wontawk.com, website: www.wontawk.com.
An executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of library directors and other library/information-handling service providers. Temporary/long term/temporary to permanent assignments in the New York/NJ/CT and the Boston metropolitan areas in all types of libraries/information management, professional and support, all levels of responsibility, all skills.

| Back to Contents |

 

   STATE LIBRARY AGENCIES

In addition to the joblines mentioned previously, some of the state library agencies issue lists of job openings within their areas. These include:

State libraries that have indicated they have an electronic source that lists job openings include the following.
 

State Library Agencies

State

Contact

Alabama

www.apls.state.al.us

Arizona

www.lib.az.us/jobs

Colorado

www.aclin.org/index_cvl.htm

Delaware

www.lib.de.us/

D.C, Metropolitan 
Washington Council of 
Governments Library Council 

www.mwcog.org/ic/jobline.html

Florida 

www.dos.state.fl.us/

Georgia 

www.public.lib.ga.us/pls/job-bank

Hawaii

www.ehawaiigov.org/statejobs

Idaho 

www.lili.org/staff/jobs.html

Indiana 

www.statelib.lib.in.us

Iowa 

www.silo.lib.ia.us/for-ia-libraries/joblist.html

Kentucky 

www.kdla.net/libserv/jobline.htm

Louisiana 

www.state.lib.la.us/publications/jobs.htm

Massachusetts 

www.mlin.lib.ma.us

Mississippi 

www.mlc.lib.ms.us/

Montana 

www.state.mt.us/

Nebraska 

www.nlc.state.ne.us/libjob

New Hampshire

www.state.nh.us/nhsl.ljob

New York Library Association 

www.nyla.org

Oregon

http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/jobs.shtml

Tennessee 

www.tennesseeanytime.org/main/employment/index.html

Texas 

www.tsl.state.tx.us

Oklahoma 

www.odl.state.ok.us

South Carolina 

www.myscgov.com/

Virginia 

www.lva.lib.va.us

Washington 

www.statelib.wa.gov

Wisconsin

www.wisconsin.gov (under quicklinks)

Wyoming

www-wsl.state.wy.us/libraries/libjobs.html


When vacancy postings are available, state library newsletters or journals will list them. Some that do include:

  • Alabama ( Cottonboll, quarterly) or APLSauce (bi-weekly);
  • Alaska ( Newspoke, bi-monthly);
  • Arizona ( Arizona Libraries NewsWeek);
  • Indiana ( Focus on Indiana Libraries, 11 times/yr.);
  • Iowa ( Joblist);
  • Kansas ( Kansas Libraries, monthly);
  • Louisiana ( Library Communique, monthly);
  • Minnesota ( Minn. Libraries News, monthly);
  • Nebraska ( NCompass, quarterly);
  • New Hampshire ( Granite State Libraries, bi-monthly);
  • New Mexico ( Hitchhiker, weekly);
  • Tennessee ( TLA Newsletter, bi-monthly);
  • Utah ( Directions for Utah Libraries, monthly); and
  • Wyoming ( Outrider, monthly).


Many state library agencies will refer applicants informally when vacancies are known to exist, but do not have formal placement services. The following states primarily make referrals to public libraries only:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina (institutional also)
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia


Those who refer applicants to all types of libraries are:

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada (largely public and academic)
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia (on Pennsylvania Jobline, public, academic, special)
  • Wyoming


The following state libraries post library vacancy notices for all types of libraries on a bulletin board. Addresses of the state agencies are found in the Bowker Annual or American Library Directory.

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington



| Back to Contents |

 

   STATE AND REGIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS
 

State and regional library associations will often make referrals, run ads in association newsletters, or operate a placement service at annual conferences, in addition to the joblines sponsored by some groups. Referral of applicants when jobs are known is done by the following associations:

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee


Although listings are infrequent, job vacancies are placed in the following association newsletters or journals when available:

  • Alabama ( Alabama Librarian, 7 times/yr.)
  • Alaska ( Newspoke, bi-monthly)
  • Arizona ( Newsletter, 10 times/yr.)
  • Arkansas ( Arkansas Libraries, 6 times/yr.)
  • Connecticut ( Connecticut Libraries, 11 times/yr.)
  • Delaware ( Delaware Library Association Bulletin, 3 times/yr.)
  • District of Columbia ( Intercom, 11 times/yr.)
  • Florida ( Florida Libraries, 6 times/yr.)
  • Indiana ( Focus on Indiana Libraries, 11 times/yr.)
  • Iowa ( Catalyst, 6 times/yr.)
  • Kansas ( KLA Newsletter, 6 times/yr.)
  • Minnesota ( MLA Newsletter, 6 issues/bi-monthly)
  • Missouri (bi-monthly)
  • Mountain Plains ( MPLA Newsletter, bi-monthly, lists vacancies and position wanted ads for individuals and institution
  • Nebraska ( NLAQ)
  • Nevada ( Highroller, 4 times/yr.)
  • New Hampshire ( NHLA Newsletter, 6 times/yr.)
  • New Jersey (NJLA Newsletter, 10 times/yr.)
  • New Mexico (shares notices via State Library's Hitchhiker, weekly)
  • Ohio ( ACCESS, monthly)
  • Oklahoma ( Oklahoma Librarian, 6 issues/yr.)
  • Rhode Island ( RILA Bulletin, 6 times/yr.)
  • South Carolina ( News and Views)
  • South Dakota ( Book Marks, bi-monthly)
  • Tennessee ( TLA Newsletter)
  • Vermont ( VLA News, Box 803, Burlington, VT 05402, 10 issues/yr.)
  • Virginia ( Virginia Libraries, quarterly)
  • West Virginia ( West Virginia Libraries, 6 times/yr.)



 

The following associations have indicated some type of placement service or job help/search service, although it may only be held at Annual Conferences:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New England
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina (biennial)
  • Ohio
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Southeastern
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming



 

The following associations have indicated they have an electronic source for job postings in addition to voice joblines.



 

The following associations have indicated they have no placement service at this time. State and regional association addresses are found in the Bowker Annual.

  • Colorado
  • Middle Atlantic Regional Library Federation
  • Midwest Federation
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • West Virginia



 


| Back to Contents |

 

   LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES PROGRAMS

Library and information studies programs offer some type of service for their current students as well as alumni. Most schools provide job hunting and resume writing seminars. Many have outside speakers representing different types of libraries or recent graduates relating career experiences. Faculty or designated placement officers provide individual advising services or critiquing of resumes.

Of the ALA accredited library and information studies programs, the following handle placement activities through the program:

  • Alabama
  • Albany
  • Alberta
  • Buffalo (compiles annually graduate biographical listings)
  • British Columbia
  • Dalhousie
  • Dominican
  • Drexel
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kent
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • McGill
  • Michigan
  • Missouri (College of Education)
  • Pittsburgh (Dept. of Library and Information Science only)
  • Pratt
  • Puerto Rico
  • Queens
  • Rhode Island
  • Rutgers
  • St. John's
  • South Carolina
  • Syracuse
  • Tennessee
  • Texas-Austin
  • Toronto
  • UCLA
  • Western Ontario
  • Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wisconsin-Milwaukee



 

The central university placement center handles activities for the following schools: California-Berkeley (alumni) and Emporia. However, in most cases, faculty in the library school will still do informal counseling regarding job seeking.

In some schools, the placement services are handled in a cooperative manner. In most cases the university placement center sends out credentials while the library school posts or compiles the job listings. Schools utilizing one or both sources include:

  • Alabama
  • Albany
  • Arizona (School of Information Resources and Library Science maintains an e-mail list: jobops@listserv.arizona.edu)
  • Buffalo
  • Catholic
  • Clarion
  • Dominican
  • Florida State
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kent State
  • Long Island
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Montreal
  • North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina-Greensboro
  • North Carolina Central
  • North Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Pittsburgh
  • Queens
  • St. John's
  • San Jose
  • Simmons
  • South Florida
  • Southern Connecticut
  • Southern Mississippi
  • Syracuse
  • Tennessee
  • Texas Woman's
  • Washington
  • Wayne State
  • Wisconsin-Milwaukee

In sending out placement credentials, schools vary as to whether they distribute these free, charge a general registration fee, or request a fee for each file or credential sent out.

Those schools that have indicated they post job vacancy notices for review but do not issue printed lists are:

  • Alabama
  • Alberta
  • Arizona
  • British Columbia
  • Buffalo
  • Catholic
  • Clark Atlanta
  • Dalhousie
  • Drexel
  • Florida State
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kent State
  • Kentucky
  • Long Island
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • McGill
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montreal
  • North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina - Greensboro
  • North Carolina Central
  • Oklahoma
  • Pittsburgh
  • Puerto Rico
  • Queens
  • Rutgers
  • St. John's
  • San Jose
  • Simmons
  • South Carolina
  • South Florida
  • Southern Mississippi
  • Syracuse (general postings)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas Woman's
  • Toronto
  • UCLA
  • Washington
  • Wayne State
  • Western Ontario
  • Wisconsin-Madison



 

In addition to job vacancy postings, some schools issue printed listings, operate joblines, have electronic access or provide database services. Some of these include:



 

Employers will often list jobs with schools only in their particular geographical area; some library schools will give information to non-alumni regarding their specific locales, but are not staffed to handle mail requests and advice is usually given in person. Schools that have indicated they will allow librarians in their areas to view listings are:

  • Alabama
  • Albany
  • Alberta
  • Arizona
  • British Columbia
  • Buffalo
  • California-Berkeley
  • Catholic
  • Clarion
  • Clark Atlanta
  • Dalhousie
  • Dominican
  • Drexel
  • Emporia
  • Florida State
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kent State
  • Kentucky
  • Long Island
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • McGill
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montreal
  • North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Central
  • North Carolina-Greensboro
  • University of North Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Pittsburgh
  • Pratt
  • Puerto Rico
  • Queens
  • Rhode Island
  • Rutgers
  • Simmons
  • St. John's
  • San Jose
  • South Carolina
  • South Florida
  • Southern Connecticut
  • Southern Mississippi
  • Syracuse
  • Tennessee
  • Texas-Austin
  • Texas Woman's
  • Toronto
  • UCLA
  • Washington
  • Wayne State
  • Western Ontario
  • Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wisconsin-Milwaukee



 

A list of accredited program addresses and phones can be requested from ALA or found in the Bowker Annual. Individuals interested in placement services of other library education programs should contact the schools directly.
 

 

| Back to Contents |

 

   FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION SOURCES

Consideration for employment in many federal libraries requires establishing civil service eligibility. Although the actual job search is your responsibility, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has developed the "USA Jobs" web site ( www.usajobs.opm.gov) to assist you along the way.

OPM's Career America Connection at 912/757-3000, TDD Service at 912/744-2299, for "USA Jobs by Phone." This system provides current worldwide Federal job opportunities, salary and employee benefits information, special recruitment messages and more. You can also record your request to have application packages, forms, and other employment-related literature mailed to you. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Request Federal Employment Information Line factsheet EI-42, "Federal Employment Information Sources," for a complete listing of local telephone numbers to this nationwide network.

USA Jobs "Touch Screen" Computer, is a computer-based system utilizing touch screen technology. These kiosks, located throughout the nation, in OPM offices, Federal Office Buildings and other locations, allow you to access current worldwide Federal job opportunities, on-line information, and more. Another web site for federal jobs is: www.fedworld.gov/jobs/jobsearch.html.

Applicants should attempt to make personal contact directly with federal agencies in which they are interested. This is essential in the Washington, D.C. area where over half the vacancies occur. Most librarian positions are in three agencies - Army, Navy, and Veterans Administration.

There are some "excepted" agencies, which are not required to hire through the usual OPM channels. While these agencies may require the standard forms, they maintain their own employee selection policies and procedures. Government establishments with positions outside the competitive civil service include:

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Medicine and Surgery
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Foreign Service of the United States
  • General Accounting Office
  • Library of Congress
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Security Agency
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • U. S. Postal Service
  • Judicial Branch of the Government
  • Legislative Branch of the Government
  • U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • World Bank and IFC
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Organization of American States
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • United Nations Secretariat



 

The Library of Congress, the world's largest and most comprehensive library is an excepted service agency in the Legislative Branch and administers its own independent merit selection system. Job classifications, pay, and benefits are the same as in other Federal agencies, and qualification requirements generally correspond to those used by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The Library does not use registers, but announces vacancies as they become available. A separate application must be submitted for each vacancy announcement. For most professional positions, announcements are widely distributed and open for a minimum period of 30 days. Qualification requirements and ranking criteria are stated on the vacancy announcement. The Library of Congress Human Resources Operations Office is located in the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540, 202/707-5620.

| Back to Contents |

 

   ADDITIONAL GENERAL AND SPECIALIZED JOB SOURCES
 

Affirmative Action Register, 8356 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132, 314/991-1335, 800-537-0655, e-mail: aareero@concentric.net, website: www.aar-eeo.com. The goal is to "provide female, minority, handicapped and veteran candidates with an opportunity to learn of professional and managerial positions throughout the nation and to assist employers in implementing their Equal Opportunity Employment programs." Free distribution of monthly bulletin is made to leading businesses, industrial and academic institutions and over 4,000 agencies which recruit qualified minorities and women, as well as to all known female, minority and handicapped professional organizations, placement offices, newspapers, magazines, rehabilitation facilities and over 8,000 federal, state and local governmental employment units with a total readership in excess of 3.5 million (audited). Individual mail subscriptions are available for $15 per year. Librarian listings are in most every issue. Sent free to libraries on request.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, (published weekly - breaks in August and December), 1255 Twenty-Third St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20037, 202/466-1055, fax: 202/296-2691. Publishes a variety of library positions each week, including administrative and faculty jobs. Job listings are searchable by specific categories, keywords, or geographic locations at: http://chronicle.com/jobs/.

Academic Resource Network On-Line Database (ARNOLD), 4656 W. Jefferson, Suite 140, Fort Wayne, IN 46804, website: http://arnold.snybuf.edu. This interactive database assists faculty, staff and librarians to identify partners for exchange or collaborative research.

School Libraries, School librarians often find that the channels for locating positions in education are of more value than the usual library ones, e.g., contacting county or city school superintendent offices. Other sources include university placement offices, which carry listings for a variety of school system jobs. As a service to administrators in their search for talented educators to fill their staffing needs, contact the National Association of Teachers' Agencies, 90 S. Cascade Ave., Suite 1110, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719/520-1158, fax: 719/520-0645, e-mail: info@jobsforteachers.com, website: www.jobsforteachers.com.

| Back to Contents |

 

   OVERSEAS
 

Opportunities for employment in foreign countries are limited and immigration policies of individual countries should be investigated. Employment for Americans is virtually limited to U.S. Government libraries, libraries of U.S. firms doing worldwide business, and American schools abroad. Library journals from other countries will sometimes list vacancy notices. Some persons have obtained jobs by contacting foreign publishers or vendors directly. Non-U.S. government jobs usually call for foreign language fluency. Career Opportunities for Bilinguals and Multilinguals: A Directory of Resources in Education, Employment and Business by Vladimer F. Wertsman (Scarecrow Press, 1991, ISBN 0-8108-2439-6, $35) gives general contact names for foreign employment and business resources.  Another source is the Librarian Job Postings ( www.bubl.ac.uk/news/jobs/), a listing of U.S. and foreign jobs collected by BUBL Information Service, Andersonian Library, Strathclyde University, 101 St. James Rd., Glasgow G4 0NS, Scotland, tel: 0141 548 4752, e-mail: bubl@bubl.ac.uk.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), 3007 Tilden St., N.W., Suite 5L, Washington, D.C. 20008-3009, 202/686-4000, e-mail: cies1@ciesnet.cies.org, website: www.cies.org. Administers U.S. government Fulbright awards for university lecturing and advanced research abroad. Usually 10-15 awards per year are made to U.S. citizens who are specialists in library or information sciences. In addition, many countries offer awards in any specialization of research or lecturing for which specialists in library and information science may apply. Lecturing awards usually require university or college teaching experience. Several opportunities exist for professional librarians as well. Applications and information may be obtained, beginning in March each year, directly from CIES.

Department of Defense, Dependents Schools (DODDS), Recruitment Unit, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203-1634, 703/696-3068, fax: 703/696-3067, e-mail: recruitment@hq.odedodea.edu, web site: www.odedodea.edu. Overall management and operational responsibilities for the education of dependent children of active duty U.S. military personnel and DOD civilians who are stationed in foreign areas. Also, responsible for teacher recruitment. For complete application brochure, write to above address. The latest copy of Overseas Opportunities for Educators is available and provides information on educator employment opportunities in over 167 schools worldwide. The schools are operated on military installation for the children of U.S. military and civilian personnel stationed overseas.

International Schools Services, P.O. Box 5910, Princeton, NJ 08543, 609/452-0990, fax 609/452-2690, web site: www.iss.edu/edustaff/jobs.html. Private, not-for-profit organization founded in l955 to serve American schools overseas, other than Department of Defense schools. These are American, international elementary and secondary schools enrolling children of business and diplomatic families living abroad. ISS services to overseas schools include recruitment and recommendation of personnel, curricular and administrative guidance, purchasing, facility planning, and more. ISS also publishes a comprehensive directory of overseas schools and a bi-monthly newsletter, NewsLinks, for those interested in the intercultural educational community. Information regarding these publications and other services may be obtained by writing to the above address.

Peace Corps,  1111 20th St., NW, Room 2300, Washington, D.C. 20526, 800-424-8580, fax 202/692-1201, e-mail: hrmjobs@peacecorps.gov, web site: www.peacecorps.gov/employment/index.cfm. Volunteer opportunities exist for MA/MS or BA/BS in library science with one year of related work experience. Two year tour of duty. U.S. citizens only.  Living allowance, health care, transportation and other benefits provided.

Search Associates, P.O. Box 922, Jackson, MI 49204-0922, 517/768-9250, fax: 517/768-9252, e-mail: JimAmbrose@compuserve.com, website: www.search-associates.com/. A private organization comprised of former overseas school directors who organize about ten recruitment fairs (most occur in February) to place teachers, librarians and administrators in approximately 400 independent, K-12 American/international schools around the world. These accredited schools, based on the American model, range in size from under 40 to over 4,000 and serve the children of diplomats and businessmen from dozens of countries. Annually, they offer highly attractive personal and professional opportunities for experienced librarians.

| Back to Contents |

 

   OVERSEAS - EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
 

International Exchanges: Most exchanges are handled by direct negotiation between interested parties. A few libraries have established exchange programs for their own staff. In order to facilitate exchange arrangements, the IFLA Journal (issued Jan., March, May, July, Oct./Nov.) lists persons wishing to exchange positions outside their own country. All listings must include the following information: full name, address, present position, qualifications (with year of obtaining), language, abilities, preferred country/city/library and type of position. Send to International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Secretariat, c/o Koninklijkebibliotheek, Pn_ Willem-Alexanolerhof S, 2595 BE The Hague, Netherlands, fax: 31-70-3834827, e-mail: ifla@nlc-bnc.ca, website: www.ifla.org.

LIBEX Bureau for International Staff Exchange, c/o A. J. Clark, Thomas Parry Library, University of Wales Aberystwyth (formerly Information and Library Studies Library), Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3AS, Wales, United Kingdom, Tel 01970-622417, fax: 01970-622190, e-mail: parrylib@aber.ac.uk, website: www.aber.ac.uk/employment.shtml. Assists in exchanges for British librarians wishing to work abroad and for librarians from the U.S., Canada, E.E.C. countries, Commonwealth and other countries that wish to undertake exchanges.

| Back to Contents |

 

   USING INFORMATION SKILLS IN NON-LIBRARY SETTINGS
 

A great deal of interest has been shown in using information skills in a variety of ways in non-library settings. These jobs are not usually found through the regular library placement sources, although many library and information studies programs are trying to generate such listings for their students and alumni. Job listings that do exist may not call specifically for "librarians" by that title so that ingenuity may be needed to search out jobs where information management skills are needed.

Some librarians are working on a free-lance basis by offering services to businesses, alternative schools, community agencies, legislators, etc.  These opportunities are usually not found in advertisements but created by developing contacts and publicity over a period of time. A number of information brokering business firms have developed from individual free-lance experiences. Small companies or other organizations often need "one-time" service for organizing files or collections, bibliographic research for special projects, indexing or abstracting, compilation of directories, and consulting services. Bibliographic networks and online database companies are using librarians as information managers, trainers, researchers, systems and database analysts, online services managers, etc. Jobs in these areas are sometimes found in library network newsletters or data processing journals.

Librarians can be found working in law firms as litigation case supervisors (organizing and analyzing records needed for specific legal cases); with publishers as sales representatives, marketing directors, editors, and computer services experts; with community agencies as adult education coordinators, volunteer administrators, grants writers, etc.

Classifieds in Publisher's Weekly and The National Business Employment Weekly may lead to information-related positions. One might also consider reading the Sunday classified ad sections in metropolitan newspapers in their entirety to locate descriptions calling for information skills but under a variety of job titles.

The Burwell World Directory of Information Brokers, is an annual publication which lists information brokers, free-lance librarians, independent information specialists, and institutions which provide services for a fee. There is a minimal charge for an annual listing and the Burwell Directory Online is searchable free on the internet at: www.burwellinc.com. Print and CD-ROM versions are available.

Burwell Enterprises, 3724 FM 1960 West, Suite 214, Houston, TX 77068, 281/537-9051, fax: 281/537-8332; e-mail: burwellinfo@burwellinc.com. Also published, is a bi-monthly newsletter, Information Broker that includes articles by, for, and about individuals and companies in the fee-based information field. A bibliography and other publications on the field of information brokering are also available.

The Association of Independent Information Professionals was formed for individuals who own and operate for-profit information services business. Contact AIIP Headquarters at 225/408-4400, e-mail: info@aiip.org, or visit their website at: http://www.aiip.org.

A growing number of articles, publications and brochures are addressing opportunities for librarians in the broader information arena. Some of these include:
 

  • "Careers in Libraries: A Bibliography of Traditional and Web-based Library Career Resources," compiled by Jan E. Hayes and Julie Todaro for the American Library Association Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, August 2000; visit nfais@nfais.org, web site: www.nfais.org.


 

  • The American Society of Indexers, 10200 W. 44th Ave., Suite 304, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, 303/463-2887, fax: 303/422-8894, e-mail: info@asindexing.org, website: www.asindexing.org/, has a number of publications that would be useful for individuals who are interested in indexing careers.


 

| Back to Contents |

 

   TEMPORARY/PART-TIME POSITIONS
 

Working as a substitute librarian or in temporary positions may be considered to be an alternative career path as well as an interim step while looking for a regular job. This type of work can provide valuable contacts and experience. Organizations that hire library workers for part-time or temporary jobs include:

  • Advanced Information Management, 444 Castro St., Suite 320, Mountain View, CA 94041 (650/965-7900) or 900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1424, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213/489- 9800);


 

  • C. Berger Group, Inc., 327 E. Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (630)653-1115 or 800/382-4222)
    Temporary jobs can be full or part-time ;


 

  • The Library Co-Op, Inc., 3840 Park Ave., Suite 107, Edison, NJ 08820 (908/906-1777 or 800/654-6275);


 

  • Library Management Systems, Corporate Pointe, Suite 755, Culver City, CA 90230 (310/216-6436; 800/567-4669) and Three Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301/961-1984);


 

  • Pro Libra Associates, Inc., 6 Inwood Place, Maplewood, NJ 07040 (973/762-0070).


 

Part-time jobs are not always advertised, but often found by canvassing local libraries and leaving applications.

| Back to Contents |

 

   JOB HUNTING IN GENERAL
 

Wherever information needs to be organized and presented to patrons in an effective, efficient and service oriented fashion, the skills of librarians can be applied, whether or not they are in traditional library settings. However, it will take considerable investment of time, energy, imagination, and money on the part of an individual before a satisfying position is created or obtained in a conventional library or another type of information service. Usually, no one method or source of job-hunting can be used alone.  It is also good to check for items that include bibliographical references.

Public and school library certification requirements often vary from state to state; contact the state library agency for such information in a particular state. A summary of school library/media certification requirements by state is found at www.uky.edu/Education/TEP/usacert.html.  Patsy H. Perritt also provides a compilation in School Library Journal, "Getting Certified in 50 States." June 2000.  State supervisors of school library media services may also be contacted for information on specific states.

Civil service requirements either on a local, county, or state level often add another layer of procedures to the job search. Some civil service jurisdictions require written and/or oral examinations; others assign a ranking based on a review of credentials.

Jobs are usually filled from the top candidates on a qualified list of applicants. Since the exams are held only at certain time periods and a variety of jobs can be filled from a single list of applicants (e.g., all Librarian I positions regardless of type of function), it is important to check whether a library, in which one is interested, falls under civil service procedures.

If one wishes a position in a specific subject area or in a particular geographical location, remember those reference skills to ferret information from directories and other tools regarding local industries, schools, subject collections, etc. Directories such as the American Library Directory, Subject Collections, Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, and Directory of Federal Libraries, as well as state directories or directories of other special subject areas can provide a wealth of information for job seekers.

Some state employment offices will include library listings as part of their Job Services department. Some students have pooled resources to hire a clipping service for a specific time period in order to get classified librarian ads for a particular geographical area.

For information on other job-hunting and human resource matters, or to request copies of this publication, contact the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, 800/545-2433, e-mail: hrdr@ala.org, website: www.ala.org/hrdr/.

| Back to Contents |


 

________________
Copyright © 2003 by the American Library Association. All rights reserved except those, which may be granted by Sections 107 and 108 of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976. Printed in the United States of America.
 
 

| Back to Contents |