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Leslie’s note from the June Gathering…

Posted by Editor on July 6, 2009

Job Hunting Resources for Information Professionals

Phoenix Friends of SIRLS Meeting

Hosted by Jacque Doyle, College of Medicine, Phoenix,

June 25, 2009

Guest speaker:  Leslie Kent Kunkel, MLS 1987

Assistant Director

University of Arizona

School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS)

Summary Notes

Join the SIRLS Alumni Association by visiting

Keep in touch by subscribing to the SIRLS Alumni Assn listserv at

Enter your contact info to keep connected to your SIRLS colleagues at

Visit colleagues’ personal home pages at

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition


–Librarians held about 158,000 jobs in 2006.

–Despite slower than average projected employment growth, job opportunities are still expected to be favorable because a large number of librarians are expected to retire in the coming decade. More than two out of three librarians are aged 45 or older, which will result in many job openings over the next decade.

–Employment of librarians is expected to grow by 4% between 2006 and 2016.

–Jobs for librarians outside traditional settings will grow the fastest over the decade.

ALA Library Salaries Information

Special Library Association

Many resources are password protected–become a member!

2008 Salary Survey & Workplace Study

–The average salary increase for SLA members outpaced inflation, from 2007 to 2008; inflation was 5.3%

–The average salary for SLAers who responded to the salary survey is $71,800 offers career information, including job ads and search strategies, for library and information professionals. The site is maintained by Rachel Singer Gordon; the job postings database is jointly maintained with Sarah Johnson of Library Job Postings on the Internet:

Job postings and resources in Arizona:

The Greater Western Library Alliance, a consortium of 32 research libraries located across 17 midwestern and western states:

The ads from American Libraries and C&RL News are now on ALA‘s JobLIST:

Library Journal job ads:

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a category for librarians/library administration:

Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

LibWorm is intended to be a search engine, a professional development tool, and a current awareness tool for LIS folks.  LibWorm collects and updates info from 1400+ RSS feeds (and growing). The content of these feeds are then available for searching and aggregating.

Temporary and Permanent Employment Agencies for Information Professionals:

Pro Libra Associates is a library service company providing personnel staffing, project management, and consulting services to corporations, public entities, and individuals in the Northeast:

InfoCurrent is a division of Corestaff and places librarians and records management professionals in the Wash DC and New York City tri-state areas:

BiblioTemps is a staffing agency for the more than 70 libraries in the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System:

Library Associates is a consulting and recruiting service with offices in LA nad Denver that places librarians, paraporfessionals and other information professionals in permanent, temporary, and contract positions nationwide.  No fee is required:

AIM Library and Information Staffing specializes in placing librarians and support staff in special, public, academic, school, government libraries, and information centers. Established in 1984, Aim also offers resume writing, interviewing, and career management services:

Search Associates places school media specialists in American and international schools abroad.  Registration fee is required:

TFPL Recruitment is an agency that places librarians and information professionals in permanent and contract positions in the US and the UK:

Glen Recruitment places Information Specialists, Knowledge Professionals, Records Managers, Researchers, Librarians and Online Support Staff in both permanent and temporary staff :

Sue Hill Recruitment, based in London, recruits information professionals throughout the UK:

Zenith Management Services is Australia’s leading employment agency in the information management field:

The One Umbrella specializes in recruiting permanent and contract staff for the library, records, information, and knowledge management industries of Australia:

Current Awareness Resources

The Alumni Association of The School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University publishes a great current awareness resources site that includes a fairly current list of LIS blogs:

Other Publications Discussed

Meredith Farkas Information Wants to be Free: The Job Hunt: What I learned:

National Association of Colleges & Employers 2002 Survey:

The Perfect Candidate

Top 10 Places Employers Find New Hires:

  1. Organization’s internship program
  2. Employee referrals
  3. Career/job fairs
  4. On-campus recruiting
  5. Internet job postings (own organization’s website)
  6. Organization’s co-op program
  7. Internet job postings (commercial career website)
  8. Faculty contacts
  9. Internet job postings (campus website)
  10. Student organizations/clubs

Top Ten Qualities Employers Seek:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Honesty/integrity
  3. Teamwork skills
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Strong work ethic
  6. Motivation/initiative
  7. Flexibility/adaptability
  8. Analytical skills
  9. Computer skills
  10. Organizational skills

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