Job search hoopsjob search

by Meredith Farkas on 5/25/2005 with 11 comments

This morning (at 8 am Central Time) I got a call from a college on the east coast. They wanted to interview me for a reference librarian position I’d applied for months ago. First, however, they needed me to get my references to write letters of recommendation that specifically addressed the job responsibilities. Personally, I …

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For those who think there is a librarian shortage (and those who don’t)job search

by Meredith Farkas on 5/5/2005 with 10 comments

FINALLY there is a thoughtful article on the entry-level library job shortage! Finally, there is an article that actually uses current research to describe the job market rather than statistics that are based on projections that are based on fallacies. I urge everyone to read this Library Journal article by Rachel Holt and Adrienne Strock, …

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Gratuitous pet picsjob search, random

by Meredith Farkas on 4/6/2005 with 0 comment

I have been wanting to own a dog since I moved away from home — and our family dog — to attend college in Connecticut. This desire has only intensified as the years have passed. I have frequent dreams about owning a dog and I’ve even named him/her (Riley). All of my close friends and …

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Home sweet homejob search

by Meredith Farkas on 4/3/2005 with 0 comment

I got back early Saturday morning from my interview trip and slept on-and-off all day. Travelling across time zones and the time change have really messed up my sleep cycle. The interview went quite well! I feel like I developed a good rapport with everyone I met and nothing disastrous happened with my presentations. Of …

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My bags are packed…job search

by Meredith Farkas on 3/30/2005 with 3 comments

Darn it! Spring’s finally sprung in Chicago and I have to go away!!! Well, at least I had one lovely day of walking the city streets without mittens and seeing all of the happy people sitting outside in street cafes. This is the best time to be in the city. When it starts to warm …

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The job hunt heats upjob search

by Meredith Farkas on 3/10/2005 with 4 comments

I got a call yesterday from an institution I’d interviewed with over the phone last week. They want to fly me down to interview with the search committee, my potential supervisor, and anyone from the library staff or University faculty who want to watch me present on three topics (eeek!). I’m kind of excited about …

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Finding a job far far away…job search

by Meredith Farkas on 3/5/2005 with 9 comments

I have encountered one major problem in my job search that may or may not be attributable to the generation gap: the fact that many libraries will not consider applications from people outside of their general area. This applies more to public library positions than academic ones, but really, I have no idea whether geography …

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Darn that dreamjob search

by Meredith Farkas on 2/5/2005 with 4 comments

I’ve applied and interviewed for jobs that I have not gotten. I’ve gotten used to rejection letters and all that. Usually I don’t get my hopes up, so it’s not so bad when I don’t get it. But for the job I interviewed for in the Chicagoland area two weeks ago, I did get my …

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A day in the life…job search, libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 1/28/2005 with 0 comment

Curious about what a library web manager does in an average day? Dave King offers us a glimpse into his work at the Kansas City Public Library: Checked email, bloglines, news sites (I really need to aggregate some news feeds). I did this constantly throughout the day. Met with supervisor about different projects – once …

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Networking basicsjob search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/27/2005 with 0 comment

We all know what networking is, but as an MLS student or a new librarian with few connections, it is difficult to know where to begin. It can be particularly difficult for those first-time job seekers who can’t afford to attend conferences and meet fellow librarians in person. Priscilla Shontz has an excellent article on …

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