First Paragraph of Abstract:
This paper compares current responsibilities of systems librarians supporting the traditional ILS with anticipated responsibilities associated with supporting the next- generation ILS.
Read more and access a direct link to the journal article: New Article: “Supporting the Next-Generation ILS: The Changing Roles of Systems Librarians” | LJ INFOdocket.
Pushpendra Pandya, a resident of Vasai in Mumbai, works six days a week as a copywriter. On Sundays, though, he hires a cab and travels to different localities in the city, collecting books from those who have either no need for them, or no space to keep them.
Last month he started a crowd-sourced library, and has since built a collection of 1200 titles with help from friends and strangers. The idea for the library came to Pandya in March last year when he started a book sharing arrangement with friends.“Just like we would share notes in college after bunking class to cover up, we started swapping books. I thought it could be taken to a larger audience,” says Pandya, who calls himself an old-fashioned book lover. “In spite of being in such a crowded city, people feel lonely here. You need some company sometimes, and books have been the greatest company for me so far.
Read the rest of the story: Book this librarian | The Hindu.
Quotable: “Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: if you want to be hired as a librarian, get ready to move. Many of you are probably already in a large city or a university town with a library school, plenty of recent graduates, a public library that hasn’t hired anyone since 2008, and academic libraries that are only making part-time appointments. You’re going to need to look nationally, especially to land that first position.”
See the full article: How to Land a Library Job | Brian Kenney | Publishers Weekly
Very useful and to the point advice. Recommended read for new and upcoming MLIS graduates.
MLIS students, and librarians in general, are possessed of singular skills that are valuable in a variety of positions, but they’re not always sure what those positions might be.
While searching LinkedIn recently, I stumbled upon some really interesting Library and Information Science Professionals in job titles and with career paths that some might consider unusual or even out of reach. The thing about LinkedIn is that this is what it should be used for. LinkedIn is not just a place to put up a profile and wait to see what happens. It is an amazing job search/research tool that Library and Information Science professionals should be easily able to navigate and come up with very valuable information.
See the full article: LinkedIn and the MLIS Job Search | Information Space
Not discussed in depth in the article are the LIS groups MLIS students may want to consider joining. These include:
- Canadian Library Association
- Special Libraries Association
- American Library Association
- CILIP: Library, Information and Knowledge Professionals
- Information Science and LIS
- New Academic Librarians: Networking to success
- LIS Career Options
- Library Technician Students in Canada
- INALJ- The I need a Library job Group
- Your University Alumni Group
5 critical ways to determine reliably and effectively if you should change careers, and once you get hip to these signs, you’ll be able to answer for yourself in a heartbeat, “Should I stay or should I go?”
A few years ago, I made the decision to leave a great career that paid very well and go back to school. It was a great decision for my personal growth, although it was hard to leave the people I worked with – they were the best part of the job. Reading this article I can say I met 4 out of the 5 critical signs that it was time to leave. I found that just because you are really great at doing something doesn’t equate to actual enjoyment and satisfaction.
Quotable: “As library students, we’re all aware of how deeply digital tools have transformed out field, but sometimes we forget that those same tools are impacting other fields as well, fields with which our own work may eventually intersect.”