Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About GMR | Contact GMR | Feedback | Help | Bookmark and Share

Assistance in Transition

Recent discussions on many of our library related discussion lists have revolved around library closings and librarians losing their positions. I have spoken to more than one of our colleagues during this time. When asked, I have made some suggestions that they could use to seek future employment. I would like to share these tips with you and encourage you to use this opportunity to comment on this post adding suggestions of your own to assist our friends in their efforts to find new employment in these troubled economic times.

Obtain a free email account and subscribe to, and MEDLIB-L@LIST.UVM.EDU to remain abreast of upcoming trends, educational opportunities and job announcements. The Midwest Chapter discussion list requires active membership. 

Consider making immediate use of alumni and professional association avenues.  If you attend a meeting, remember there are often job clinics of one kind or another offered during the conference. Here are some online options:

ALA – Joblist

SLA – Career Center

MLA – Career Development

Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job

5 Responses to “Assistance in Transition”

  1. Sue Raymond Says:

    Suggestion: Pick any employer(s) you think of possible interest. Go to the individual website and search employment opportunities. Many companies do NOT submit openings to the professional organizations joblines or the popular career search-type sites.

  2. Margaret (Peg) Allen Says:

    For those who cannot move for a position, this could be time to try out new related careers.

    Social work/human services – MLS may be enough for entry level positions. Most medical librarians have skills needed for medical case management. Local Aging & Disability Centers sound a lot like libraries to me, with emphosis on finding all kinds of resources. Local Unitewd Way running 211 database has libraian managing the database.

    Job Center – check locally; see if jobs there. Look at jobs in state & local health department. Databases abound, including those for monitoring health status.

    AmeriCorps – pay stipend and health insurance if you don’t have it; educational award at end if you want to go on for second degree

    Nursing – consider accelerated BSN programs; you’ll always have a job and may be able to improve their research curriculum

    Technical writing – databases; educational software. Any database driven website needs a librarian (based on what I find when searching sites producing health information brochures).

    Grant writing – research for needs assessment and developing evidence-based plan.

    IT jobs in health care, especially teaching and documentation.

    Literacy programs – volunteer; learn skills & eventually manage program. Develop local health literacy programs & get grant funding (2020 Healthy People priority)

    Stay healthy & don’t be too proud to collect unemployment!

    All I can think of right now, but would be great to broaden question to the list.

    Hope this helps – Peg

  3. Clare Leibfarth Says:

    OHIONET posts library jobs online for free. Most positions are in Ohio but there are some postings for other states. There is even an RSS feed.

  4. Anonymous Supporter Says:

    One might want to become familiar with this blog: Some of it may be helpful to those who are on a job search.

  5. PF Anderson Says:

    Like so many others, I have known many young librarians (as in new to the profession, recently graduated) who are struggling to find positions. I have had queries from people considering library school and wondering if they really will be able to find a job with that degree. I have had mixed reactions to this. One the one hand, I feel … nervous and uncertain and worried about both the immediate job environment (living in *Michigan*!!!) and the future of the profession. On the other hand, I see persons with library degrees and skills working in so many exciting new ventures, forging ahead in a “brave new world”, to reuse a treasured old phrase that works perhaps even better for us now.

    I was asked to comment on this amazing thread because of a blog post I did earlier today.

    This thread and discussion inspired a new blogpost.

    Go for it, folks, and keep up the great discussion and good work!