So You’ve Got Your MLS. Now What?

Monday, 5/11/2015
Tuesday, 5/12/2015

Congratulations, new graduate! You've finished your classes, completed your internship, sat for exams, and now you have your diploma. what? May's e-forum will focus on the challenges and opportunities new library school graduates face when starting their careers as librarians. Topics will include: finding a mentor, job seeking, transitioning from student to working librarian, and more. While this discussion is focused on navigating the post-library school world, we welcome the perspective of current library school students and librarians who are not currently new graduates. Join us for an exciting discussion on navigating life after library school.

This discussion took place Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Read the e-Forum summary and for more information, read the archive of messages starting here.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums.

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will have gained perspective on challenges and opportunities new library school graduates face when starting their careers as librarians.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Vicki Gruzynski is the Education Librarian at University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated from Indiana University with her MLS in May 2013. Her professional interests include information literacy, high school to college transitions, outreach, and open access. She is a former ALCTS employee and a whiz at writing cover letters and CVs.

Erin Leach is Head of Serials Cataloging at the University of Georgia. She graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with her MA in Information Science & Learning Technologies. Her professional interests include leadership and professional development in technical services, using social media to develop personal learning networks, and collaborations between technical services and public services staff. Erin is currently busy making appointments as the Chair-Elect of the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS.




How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




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