Sunday, November 21, 2010

Be very, very quiet -- I'm hunting jobs!

As the fall quarter begins to draw to a close, it's beginning to look a lot like job hunting season for soon-to-be full-fledged MS(LIS)es.

The Steinbright Career Development Center can help you develop your resume and fine tune your job applications. SCDC's Ken Bohrer shared a Power Point presentation on best practices with us during our resume review night last month, which we've made available as a Google Doc. His contact information is on the last slide.

Jen Lally, the iSchool's Career and Event Services Coordinator, is responsible for the practicum program and also can provide advice about the job search process. For more information on doing a practicum, see this handout or the iSchool website. You can contact Jen at lally AT Jen also shared this incredibly helpful post from academic librarian Joe Hardenbrook about all aspects of the library job search process.

If you are a member of the New Members Round Table, make sure you take advantage of the group's resume review service. If you are already a member of ALA, joining NMRT is easy, inexpensive (just $10) and extremely practical, connecting you to other new librarians and mentors throughout ALA. The NMRT page also has a bibliography of helpful links for all who are job hunting.

One final note: We'll post the link to last week's webinar -- Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate -- as soon as it is available.

If there are other career-related events or posts you would like to see during the winter or spring quarters, let us know in the comments or by sending us an email at drexelscala AT

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 has a new article by a recent LIS graduate, Anne Jumonville, on the sometimes strange and uncertain transition from student to professional.

What are your concerns about graduating into the work force and leaving library school behind?

Image Credit: - [ModernDope] - CC license

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two New Internships

The University of Pennsylvania has two new internships!



Penn Libraries Van Pelt Library Reference Internship




Philadelphia, PA


University of Pennsylvania

Duties & Responsibilities

§ Work in the Research & Instructional Services Department (RIS) of Van Pelt Library, the University's social sciences and humanities library.

§ Assist patrons at the Reference Desk in using Penn's large collection of print and digital resources.

§ Process reference materials into and out of the reference collection.

§ Participate in a range of library instruction activities.

§ Special projects as appropriate.


§ Must be a current student in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library/information science

§ Strong academic background.

§ Able to learn quickly, take initiative, handle busy situations.

§ Public service orientation.

Our extensive training program leads us to ask for a minimum one year internship commitment.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Elizabeth Martin
Please write "RIS Internship" in the subject line.


$15.00/hour; paid vacation and sick time.


20 hours per week; daytime and weekend hours.



Library Cataloguing Intern




Philadelphia, PA


Demography Library, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

Duties & Responsibilities

Retrospective barcoding of the LC classed books in the collection, special emphasis on the Foreign Government Documents; Copy Cataloging; MARC record maintenance and clean-up; Add holdings information for serials to MARC records; Create original and complex copy cataloging MARC records for books and other formats as needed; Assist with data entry for other databases maintained by the center staff as needed; Assist with special research project collections; Assist with non-cataloging projects and tasks as needed.



Experience with library cataloguing or training in how to catalog for library databases; Basic computer skills including intermediate MS Office skills; Experience with or knowledge of the US MARC format, AACR2R2 and LC Classification and Subject Headings; Ability to work independently and as a member of a team; Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills.


Prior experience working in an academic research library; Experience in processing and evaluation of library materials in various formats for cataloguing; Ability to learn quickly, take initiative and to be flexible desired; and Cataloguing experience using the EOS International system. Current MLS students strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Funding is available for this position through the end of May 2011 and the position is to be filled ASAP.

Interested applicants should send an EMAIL expressing interest in the position with a resume to:

Nykia M. Perez




20 hours per week; Temporary Part-Time Staff position

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Upcoming (and free!) job search webinar

From the ALA Chapter Relations Office …

LLAMA Human Resources Section Presents a Free Webinar on Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate

You have or soon will earn your MLS degree---but what’s next? –- how do you put it to work? Applying and interviewing for a professional library position can be fraught with anxiety and frustrations. But you can put yourself ahead of the herd with the right information and strategies. The Library Leadership and Management Association’s Human Resources Section (LLAMA-HRS) will present “Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate” Thursday, November 18, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST. This free webinar is geared towards library students or recent MLS graduates about to enter the workforce or start a job search.

Participants will increase their confidence and raise their success rate; gain a comprehensive understanding of how libraries conduct searches and make hiring decisions; and learn what libraries are seeking.

Speaker: Brian Keith is Assistant Dean for Human and Financial Resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. He will share his insight and advice from years of experience recruiting librarians.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Help Wanted!

Are you busy completing the youth services concentration? Or do you love public libraries, video games, crafts, or all of the above? Then you may be interested in helping our fellow library student Rosy Henderson with her late-night teen event!

She's looking for extra chaperones for an upcoming Teen Night at the Collingswood (NJ) Public Library. It's happening Thursday, November 4th, from 8:30 to midnight. There will be two Wii tournaments, a scavenger hunt, craft tables, and the night will wrap up with a showing of Nightmare Before Christmas, and movie trivia.

If you'd like to participate and get a glimpse of how to put on an awesome teen event, contact Rosy Henderson directly at This could be a nice addition to your resume!

SCALA Happy Hour

We're having another Happy Hour! Come hang out with fellow students and take a much needed break from studying and writing papers.

When: Tuesday, November 9th, 5pm

Where: Landmark Restaurant & Bar (On Market St between 33rd and 34th Sts)

Enjoy free appetizers and special happy hour drink prices!

Hope to see you there!