I'm coming to think that, while I don't hate academia, I'm beginning to like it less and less and have apprehensions about continuing through to my dissertation. I'm in my second year of the PhD program, and have a masters with practical application in the field that I was working in before deciding to continue on to my PhD. The place where I was working, a public library, is now hiring for a position similar to the one that I was in before I left. Typically my master's degree would command a higher salary, and I think I would probably need a little bit more than what they're offering to live comfortably and start paying down my extant debt accrued during my masters (I'm not taking on any new loans, thankfully).
I left on great terms, and feel like a really strong candidate for the job with the skills I've gained in the interim, but would only be able to take it with slightly higher salary than they offer now. I loved this job, and it's looking more and more appealing compared to my current experience in academia. What steps should I take to contact the HR department of the library system to a) let them know that I'm interested and suss out how interested they might be in me, and b) talk about flexibility in salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 28, 2013 -
I'm on the edge of starting an online MLIS degree. I know that the conventional wisdom is that this is a bad idea, but I don't feel like I have any other options. Am I about to make a serious mistake, or could I be an exception? Were all of the dire warnings about becoming a librarian due, in part, to general economic malaise, or is the profession in trouble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 9, 2012 -
People trying to sell their houses are still facing bloated inventory and falling home values. And I know businesses like YouSellIt are an alternative to realtors to help sellers get their homes on the market. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Apr 4, 2012 -
Does my experience as a non-librarian employee in a medical library qualify me for any other type of work beyond librarianship?
posted by anonymous
on Jan 15, 2012 -
A friend of mine is interested in joint ML(I)S/MA programs. He's flexible in terms of the MA field, but is particularly interested in postcolonial/subaltern studies, area studies, religious studies, gender/queer studies, that kind of thing. Which programs should he consider?
posted by naturalog
on Sep 18, 2011 -
I'll be graduating with my Master of Library Science in the spring of 2012. My focus has been with diverse populations and technology training. I want to work in a public library when I graduate, but I'm a little daunted by the public sector job market (and just the general job market). What should I be doing to increase my chances for employment as much as possible, and what can I do to make possible unemployed job searching as painless as possible. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Sep 13, 2011 -
What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate, if I'm not sure what I want to do when I'm done? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope
on Oct 20, 2010 -
How can a neighborhood group help attract buyers to a (recent bank repo) house for sale? [more inside]
posted by dhartung
on Sep 16, 2010 -
Will a master's degree in English be useful to someone who wants to
be a librarian? [more inside]
posted by fermion
on Feb 23, 2010 -
I'm applying to grad school for a Masters in Library Science, and I'm unsure if I should re-take the GREs. I did very well on the Verbal and Quantitative sections - both scores were above the averages of accepted students for the MLS programs I'm looking at. But I only got a 4 on the writing section (putting me in the 41st percentile). The average for admitted students is around a 5. Will my admittedly poor showing on the writing section hurt me enough that I should take the GREs again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 27, 2009 -
Seeking recommendations on what software/programs I should learn to be the wiz-kiddiest library science student ever. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow
on May 28, 2009 -
How's the field of records management / archives looking, for a new MLS? [more inside]
posted by onell
on Apr 22, 2009 -
Does anyone have advice for a graduating MLS student looking for a job, any job at all? Help specific to finding jobs in the Chicago metro area would be especially useful. [more inside]
posted by tinyfolk
on Apr 9, 2009 -
I want to be a science librarian. Help me find the right MLS/MLIS program.
My main criteria are: many opportunities for practical experience and networking, a track record of gainfully employed alums and, probably the most important, funding. [more inside]
posted by a22lamia
on Nov 10, 2008 -
After practicing law for six years, I'm very interested in becoming a law librarian. I'm struggling with the jump; especially the decision to go back to school. [more inside]
posted by GPF
on Sep 5, 2008 -
I have a rental house that I am selling.
It has been listed with a Real Estate agent since Nov 07. Not one offer on it.
Some people from my parent's church are interested in buying it, but they want to do it For Sale By Owner -no Real Estate Agents involved.
My listing expires on Oct. 11.
How long after the listing expires can I sell it on my own? Is there a grace period?
Any ideas of how to cancel the listing beforehand? I don't want to lie, but I would rather sell to the church people for obvious reasons (more money for me, better deal for them, etc.).
I am in GA.
posted by twistedmetal
on Sep 2, 2008 -
I'm a Library Assistant who will not leave the Pacific Northwest - if the only jobs I can get are non-MLS, will having an MLS hurt my chances? [more inside]
posted by codswallop
on Aug 3, 2008 -
My question is that I want to know what computer science classes at a community college I should take before enrolling in a MLS graduate school? [more inside]
posted by LilSoulBrother85
on May 13, 2008 -
Attention Librarians (preferably of the public variety): PLEASE help me not blow my best shot at my first full-time Adult Services gig! Long explanation inside, sorry... [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 4, 2008 -
Dear AskMeFi Librarians and Librarian-Wannabes, can you please explain-slash-distinguish between MARCXML, MODS, METS and EAD in terms of why one is better (or even different) than the other? [more inside]
posted by 10ch
on Apr 1, 2008 -
Librarians: Is the library the right place for me, and do I need an MLS to get there? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc
on May 8, 2007 -
Librarians -- rain on my parade! What didn't they tell you in school? What are the worst parts of your job? What do you regret about your schooling/early career? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady
on May 7, 2007 -
How do the world's professional soccer leagues rank, generally, and where does MLS stand? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty
on Nov 12, 2006 -
I know there're a lot of MeFi librarians, since I've searched on this topic, but my specific questions don't seem to have been addressed yet. First, do you think there are a decent amount of entry-level public library jobs out there? The gubmint says so, various librarian blogs say no. Also--this would be a career change for me, so by the time I get the MLS I'd be around 40. Is it laughable to think anyone would hire a 40-year-old entry-level librarian? I've been in publishing for a while and am burned out but good. As a callow youth I worked quite happily in bookstores, and now as a grown-up I think a library job would provide similar psychic gratification but with better benefits and pay. Someone set me straight. TIA.
posted by scratch
on Feb 18, 2005 -
Calling the MeFi Librarian Posse... I want to join! Questions about getting an MLS and job inside. [more inside]
posted by dicaxpuella
on Jan 5, 2005 -
Library/information science question(s): My code-fearful friend succeeded in getting through library school without exposure to more than basic HTML. I now have him on a diet of Dreamweaver and XHTML, with a sprinkling of GoLive. He's wondering about next steps: for someone who wants to be well-equipped to work in an academic, medical, legal, or similar library or archive (with web development as part of his job, rather than the focus of it), what scripting language(s) and/or content-management systems are most important to learn? Is the library world fragmented in this regard, or is there a dominant technology? What would be a logical entry vector into this world for someone without a comp-sci bone in his body (in terms of languages/systems, and specific learning resources)?[no more inside]
posted by stonerose
on Jan 22, 2004 -
I am preparing to choose a course of graduate study for Fall 2005 and have recently become very interested in the job possibilities available to those with a Masters Of Library Science degree. But I have several questions about the particulars [more inside]: [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Jan 15, 2004 -