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Careers in Librarianship: Sources for Exploration

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Any or all of the librarians would be happy to discuss a career in librarianship with you.

First Person

Stories about librarians and their careers:

Library Routes Project - a wiki where librarians reflect on why they chose the position and where their career has taken them.

Movers and Shakers 2013Library Journal chooses librarians annually who are doing interesting things. This article profiles 50 high achievers.

Letters to a Young Librarian - a blog for people new to the profession

"Should You Become a Librarian?" - a tongue-in-cheek flowchart that will test just how serious you are about this profession. 

Recommended Reading

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What's Up? LISNews


Career Advice

Library Career People - a Q&A advice blog

Open Cover Letters - an archive of successful cover letters for librarian positions

About the Profession

Careers in Libraries - a bibliography of sources, online and in print, from the American Library Association (ALA).

Careers in Public Librarianship - from the Public Library Association.

Core Values Statement - a report on librarians' fundamental values with links to supporting documents (ALA).

How to Become a 21st Century Librarian by Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal - an article on what kinds of specializations are availble and how to approach choosing and getting the most out of a degree program.

"So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?" article by Brian Kenney in Publishers  Weekly.

Librarian by Day's "So You Want to Be a Librarian?" - a great collection of links and blog posts, covering the degree, the job search, skills, and general professional advice.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Librarians - from the US Department of Labor.

Where are the programs?

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Related Professions


So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archival Profession - from the Society of American Archivists.

Directory of Archival Education - from the Society of American Archivists.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians - from the US Department of Labor.

Book Publishing - a site about career possibilities in publishing from the Association of American Publishers.

About Publishing: Major/Department Guide - outlines jobs in publishing and skills required; from the Association of American Publisher's Bookjobs site.

Publishing Programs/Education - from the Association of American Publisher's Bookjobs site.

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