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Writing + Community + Speaking = Job Bliss

What are some jobs/careers/gigs that involve writing, some kind of direct interaction in a community space (such as a public library, media lab, shelter, etc.), and teaching/public speaking? Substituting counseling for teaching/public speaking is okay, but something verbal and interpersonal for #3 [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

how do you find / hire a researcher (for a freelance project)?

I am looking for one or more professionals to find interesting moments in the history of one of the detroit car makers. someone who can i.e. provide me with information out of which I can make interesting "on this day in 1952, this happened" articles. how should I go about finding the right person for this project? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Cardigan--too tiny?

Fashionista filter: I love cardigans and as a Librarian I have quite a collection. But one thing always bugs me, if your cardigan cannot button up comfortably does that mean that it is too small for you? I don't wear mine buttoned up, but I do see people that wear them open and it looks like they barely fit--and there is almost nothing worse than a too tight sweater.
posted by sandra194 on Sep 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Picture Book Filter

Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Is there a history of librarian collusion and resistance to repression?

In this New Yorker blog post, Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle mentions this in an answer: "Libraries have had a long history of dealing with authoritarian organizations demanding reader records—who’s read what—and this has led to people being rounded up and killed. As a librarian, you take this very, very seriously." Is there a concise history of this somewhere?
posted by history is a weapon on Jun 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Help a (male) librarian dress for success....and the summer

What should I, as a new librarian working on a short-term contract at the reference desk, wear to work in the public library in the summer? [more inside]
posted by 1000monkeys on Jun 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Give me advice on my job search in the NYC area.

I'm a librarian in the southern U.S. looking to relocate to NYC. The catch is that I can't move without a job offer. Am I hoping for the impossible? [more inside]
posted by carolinecrane on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Career Ideas

I am finishing my associate of arts degree. I am trying to think of possible career paths. The careers I am thinking of are related to librarian work, academia, reading/literacy teacher, speech language pathologist. Some of my interests/strengths are clerical work, very creative, research/writing, counseling/teaching, art layout, health, the outdoors. I like working with children. Are there any careers along these paths that I should consider ?
posted by Lillian7 on Feb 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Is the demand for digital librarians stable or expanding?

Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Do the clothes make the library man?

How should a mid-30s, male public library director dress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Helloooooo, Phineas

I love "discoveries" that add to seemingly-cold stories. Misfiled negatives unearthed, unlabeled photos finally identified, new connections made. Stuff like the identification of the first photo of Phineas Gage, or the recently-uncovered Lincoln inauguration photos, or to a much lesser extent (because it's "soft"), this TED talk about finding the face of Leonardo da Vinci. What other incidents/discoveries/ideas like this will enthrall me? And can you point me to a book (or at least a Wikipedia page) about it? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Blank-librarians

Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Job Title to Solve My Woes

Job Title Help: What would you call me? I'm a reference librarian who does teen programming and teach computer classes at a library. Director and I can't agree on what my official title is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Detemining the value of an MLIS in a post-IT career path.

I'm thinking about jumping ship from IT to library/archival science. Am I nuts? [more inside]
posted by gyges on Sep 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Advice and Resources for an ESL Librarian

Just got a job as a librarian at an international school in Mexico. I've been given time with each class from grade one through six for forty-five minutes each week. I have pretty much total freedom and sometimes freedom is a pain to plan for. I'll be teaching basic library skills and doing read alongs which will be good but I'm having trouble finding resources on the internet. Ironic, I know: a librarian asking for help finding things, but I'm not a librarian by training. The most basic information may be very helpful. Any advice on elementary ESL libraries or some good resources would be most welcome. Books are a fine recommendation, but the internet is better.
posted by pynchonesque on Sep 5, 2011 - 3 answers

How to create a more welcoming hospital library?

Library anxiety - my patrons have it. How can I make our (already architecturally interesting and physically comfortable) hospital library feel more welcoming, while still remaining professional? What makes you feel comfortable in a library? Special snowflake details to follow. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Sep 2, 2011 - 25 answers

I don't want to be in charge

My library career is stuck. I want out. Where can I go? Special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Reading on Research in the Digital Age

Summer short course filter: Fun readings on the internet, the future, and research in the digital age for high school teachers. Help a librarian plan a syllabus! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Apr 28, 2011 - 5 answers

How to dip a toe into the ocean of Digital Librarianship?

Librarians of Metafilter: Let's say I have a week to orient myself to the world of digital librarianship. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 8, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to be Special!

Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Mar 28, 2011 - 20 answers

What's a burned out librarian to do?

Help a librarian sell out! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Academic Librarian or Digital Librarian?

Are job prospects for digital librarians any better than those for librarians in general? [more inside]
posted by joeahearn on Mar 22, 2011 - 8 answers

The Best Library Programs

Friends, librarians, patrons, lend me your eyes. What are your favorite library programs in your area? Links and pictures are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How does a librarian ask for a full time job?

How does a librarian ask for a full time job? Yes, I know I'm very lucky to have work at all! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Jan 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Packing Up My MLS and Moving On?

Help me! I'm a librarian who loves her job, but needs to move on. But where to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Best Librarian Mags

Librarian advice: What library magazine(s) should a budding librarian subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica on Dec 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Occupations for non-academic research?

Occupations for non-academic research? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 15 answers

Tips for a new reference librarian

Librarians: tips for a new reference librarian? [more inside]
posted by prior on Nov 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Seeking a road map to the periodical world.

What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Oct 7, 2010 - 3 answers

What is the best way to describe my future ambitions in my personal statement on my MLIS application?

I am applying to a competitive MLIS program in a couple months, and I would like some advice on how to talk about my somewhat unusual plans for the future. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Aug 13, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I use my MLIS and my language skills?

What are potential career options for an MLIS graduate interested in using language and translation skills on the job as well? I am a 21-year-old undergraduate student who will be graduating one quarter early in March 2011. This summer I'm applying to the UW's iSchool MLIS program and hope to start Autumn Quarter 2011. I am very interested in traditional library work, but in the last couple years I have worked hard to learn Spanish. I'm currently training to be a Spanish-English translator and interpreter as well, as this will help pay for my MLIS degree. I would really love a career that could incorporate my growing interests in linguistics and translation, as well as my interests in the research and service-oriented aspects of librarianship. Any suggestions? I know the State Department has some positions that would incorporate all these skills, and I'm looking for other options, too.
posted by wansac on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Are librarians allowed to date patrons?

Are librarians allowed to date patrons? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jun 10, 2010 - 30 answers

IT Certification for a recent MLIS grad?

Should a new MLIS graduate pursue IT certification to be a systems librarian? [more inside]
posted by prior on Jun 3, 2010 - 8 answers

School's out for summer! Now what?

Where can a new librarian find a freelance work with an online reference service this summer? [more inside]
posted by Junie Bloom on May 25, 2010 - 1 answer

Other career options for a public librarian?

My public library system is preparing for massive layoffs; how can I transfer my librarian skillset -- research, customer service, computers -- into a new career? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Interesting Websites

I work as a librarian and am on desk for 25 hours a week. I spend much of it on library sites but am interested in sites you find as interesting reads whatever they might be. Anything decent for the workplace. And I know interesting is subjective...I'm all ears!
posted by snap_dragon on May 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Best librarians/library science people to follow on Twitter?

Who are the best folks to follow on twitter as a librarian or library science person? - or related fields? Information organizers?
posted by specialk420 on May 8, 2010 - 10 answers

timeline for starting a new life?

I'm quitting my job, moving 2,000 miles away, and getting married. I've never done this before. When do I start applying for new jobs and looking for an apartment? Bonus points for library-job-specific recommendations. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Apr 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Did they write this job for me? Um, no.

Please help me get my first professional librarian job. [more inside]
posted by mearls on Apr 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me find a career?

Can you help me decide what I want to be when I grow up? (Long, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 13 answers

What else is an MLIS good for?

I picked the wrong time to go to library school. What else can I do with my life? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Apr 14, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one?

How do I prepare for a second career now, before I want one? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Mar 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Can you recommend sites that can help me be a better librarian?

I am a new reference librarian (but have been out of school for 3 years...yes, I drifted a bit). I was wondering if any MeFites, librarian or otherwise, could recommend some sites that would help me be a better librarian, specifically sites on librarianship. I have found some on my own but respect the metafilter input. Thanks for your time.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Should a future librarian get a masters in English?

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 - 8 answers

Give Cleveland a chance?

My husband and I are thinking of moving to Cleveland in just under two years. We love Cleveland for the restaurants, parks, museums, orchestra, and the people. We just want to know that we'll be able to stay and that there will be jobs for us there. Does Cleveland have a future for us? Current Clevelanders and others: what's the mood there, and is our vision feasible? [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky on Jan 18, 2010 - 9 answers

me want job

What are current job prospects for librarians? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 17, 2010 - 21 answers

Do high GRE scores translate to scholarships from MLS programs?

MLS Filter: Should I bother taking the GREs? [more inside]
posted by jalexc on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Library-Related Trivia?

Library-Related Trivia? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Give me an AskMe career shakedown!

CareerFilter! Help me to "diagnose" why I'm so tired of my career and which directions will lead to more satisfaction in future! Patient history, current symptoms and potential therapies under the fold (neatly organised but very long!!!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 3 answers

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