Can you offer suggestions for a (radical or not-so-radical) career shift from office-y type work to something...else? I am at the end of my rope, and so are my loved ones, who are out of suggestions for me. [more inside]
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]
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]
Do children care about old, out-of-date picture books? Should I weed these books? [more inside]
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?
Is there demand for digital librarians trained in data management, exposing electronic collections, digital archiving, and so on? [more inside]
How should a mid-30s, male public library director dress? [more inside]
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]
I'm thinking about jumping ship from IT to library/archival science. Am I nuts? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Friends, librarians, patrons, lend me your eyes. What are your favorite library programs in your area? Links and pictures are appreciated. [more inside]
What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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.
Library-Related Trivia? [more inside]
I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
Looking for resources on creating a small library for a non-profit company [more inside]
What are good blogs and resources for MLIS students? [more inside]
Help me deal emotionally with a bad case of academic jealousy. [more inside]
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]
Attention librarians: please help me find check-out cards for a book collection I am setting up at work. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are some examples of exotic librarian jobs or jobs out of the norm for a person with an MLS? [more inside]
Attention archivists! Seeking realistic timeline for hiring-- the sweet, sweet grant money is running out... [more inside]
Help me decorate a hospital librarian's office. [more inside]
Are there lots of librarian jobs in Canada? Does what university I graduate from really matter when I apply for jobs? [more inside]
Rare Book Dealers in Mississippi? (Help a student librarian!) [more inside]
Does anyone have a suggestion for a good freeware (or cheapware) program which teachers can use to schedule computer time in a high school library? [more inside]
Do I need more qualifications to be a librarian/archivist having spent some time away from the field?
Wanna-be librarian/archivist filter -- I'm looking for advice or personal experiences on how long library experience "lasts", if a MSI can "expire" due to immediate use, etc. (more inside) [more inside]
Librarianfilter: My girlfriend is "wondering if anyone could recommend good websites containing lists/reviews for educational books/videos/software for children (ages 5 up through high school)? I recently acquired the responsibility of selecting materials (I'm a librarian) for our University's Educational Resource Center and don't have an education background so I'm new to this. I know about the Parent's Choice Foundation. I was wondering if there is something similar for librarians/educators? I get tons of catalogs but want lists/reviews, preferably online. Thanks!"