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Date: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Subject: [alcts-eforum] Summary
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 Good afternoon everyone---

Erica and I really enjoyed our conversation with you over the last two
days.  Here are our notes from the conversation with a list of resources at
the end.

Have a wonderful weekend,


Tiffany Eatman Allen

Director of Library Human Resources

CB#3932, 213 Davis Library

UNC Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 962-8027

(919) 843-8936 [fax]

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*Managing your online presence and networking*

·       If there is information about you online make sure it is accurate,
up-to-date, and that you set yourself apart (especially when you have a
common name) when possible.

·       Google your full name to see what comes up. Set up a Google Alert of
your name, and variations of it, to keep on top of what information about
you is online.

·       Word of mouth, referrals, and recommendations are all common ways of
hearing about job openings. Make sure you keep in touch with your network
and let them know you are looking for a job.

·       Always present yourself positively and in a collegial manner. You
never know when someone you meet or when someone who is following you online
might be in a position to hire you.

*Finding vacancy announcements*

·       Volunteering, internships, informational interviews, temporary and
paraprofessional positions may all lead to a permanent job. Make the most
out of these opportunities while you are in them.

·       Use RSS feeds to manage online job postings.

·       Don’t forget that the institution or HR website may post positions
before they are sent to aggregators.

*Answering job announcements*

·       Applying for a paraprofessional job when you already have an MLS can
help prepare you for a professional position or lead to a promotion.

·       Use your judgment to determine if this is a good step for you based
on your career goals.

·       If you do not meet all of the qualifications for a job, but you can
make a strong case for how you are qualified through other types of
experience use the cover letter to reflect this.

*Cover letters and resumes*

·       Bullet points in resumes—okay, but make sure they contain relevant
content in an informative but concise manner.  Use descriptive action verbs

·       Use the cover letter to link your experience to the qualifications
of the job.  Be careful with the cover letter---typos and incorrect
information are judged pretty harshly

·       If you call to check in after submitting your materials, inquire
about the receipt of your materials and the status of the search.  Follow
instructions (ie “No call”) in the vacancy announcement.


·       Make sure you ask for permission to use someone as a reference.  And
ask if they can give you a positive reference, ie “Would you have time to
write a strong letter of support for me?" or "May I ask you to provide a
positive reference for me?”

·       Provide references with a “virtual folder” with relevant materials,
such as transcripts, CV, the job description and a cover page that
highlights the work you did together

·       Be sure to thank your references

·       Provide a brief comment on your reference list about your
relationship to the individual (“direct supervisor”, “colleague”, etc…)

*Interview prep*

·       Informational interviews—call in advance for an appointment, keep to
the time commitment agreed upon, and send a thank you note

·       In advance of an on-campus interview, visit the library (if
possible), read all materials in the interview packet and read everything
you can find online (mission statement, vision, goals…).

·       Sometimes for Tech Services positions, tests (create a MARC record)
are administered during the interview

·       Have questions for the search committee—shows professional
engagement and interest in the job.

·       Geography can sometimes be a relevant factor in the search process,
so if you’re relocating (or are willing to relocate) you may want to
indicate something along those lines in your cover letter.


*Online presence*

·       ALA Midwinter 2010 ACRLNew Members Interest Group panel on Personal

·       Branding

·       Google Alerts (from the posting of Cynthis Wetzel)

·       Labrecque, Lauren I.; Ereni Markos and George R. Milne (February
2011). "Online Personal Branding: Processes, Challenges, and Implications".
Journal of Interactive Marketing 25 (1): 37–50.

·       Slideshare for sharing your presentations

·       Scribd for sharing your documents

·       Social networking with a brain: a critical review of academic sites
by Kim Leeder

·       You: The Online Version by Michael Porter aka Libraryman


·       ACRL New Members Discussion Group on ALA Connect

·       ALCTS New Members Interest Group on ALA Connect

· articles on networking

·       Shontz, Priscilla K. Jump Start Your Career in Library and
Information Science. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002. ISBN 0810840847
Chapter 4: Networking

*Finding Vacancy Announcements*

·       ALA Joblist

·       The Chronicle – Library related jobs

·       Consortia job posting sites

·       LibGig

·       Library Job Postings on the Internet

·       LibWorm


·       NASIG Jobs

·       State and regional job posting sites

·       Temporary agencies that specialize in library jobs Library
employment agencies

·       University and college job posting sites

·       USA Jobs

·       Your network! Tell everyone you are looking for a job. Tell them
every time you see/meet them, but also be ready to tell them about your
career interests and what you have to offer.

*Answering the job announcement, cover letter and resume*

·       5 Resume Mistakes You’re Making and How to Avoid Them (

·       Avoid These 7 Killer Cover Letter Mistakes (

·       Career Q&A with the Library Career People (

·       Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews, Oh My! (

·       Crafting a Winning Resume (

·       How to Write a Resume (

·       Making Your Cover Letter Work For You (

·       Resume Mistakes: The 5 Worst Resume Sins (

·       Shontz, Priscilla K. The Librarians’ Career Guidebook. Scarecrow
Press, 2004.

·       Spring Cleaning for Your Resume (

*Professional references*

·       Career Q&A with the Library Career People (

·       Shontz, Priscilla K. The Librarians’ Career Guidebook. Scarecrow
Press, 2004.

·       To Whom It May Concern: A Guide for Giving Employment References (

*The Interview*

·       The Ins and Outs of Job Hunting for Library Positions by Brian
Keith, Assistant Dean for Human and Financial Resources, Smathers Libraries,
University of Florida:

·       NMRT First Impressions, Lasting Impressions: Tips for Job Interviews

·       Interview Checklist

·       NMRT Interview advice websites

Aimee Babcock-Ellis, MLS
(cell phone) 518-225-7127
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Direct Dial: 202-307-8937
Fax: 202-307-8939

*Carpe Diem*

“Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something.”
 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe