Magazine article American Libraries

Job Opportunities Glitter for Librarians Who Surf the Net

Magazine article American Libraries

Job Opportunities Glitter for Librarians Who Surf the Net

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Librarians toting their portfolios can log on to their Internet accounts and reap wealthy rewards via e-mail, Web, telnet, and gopher access. Library professionals from small rural communities to small corporate libraries can gain access to valuable job-hunting leads not as accessible as in the past.

Betsy Fraser, a graduate of the University of British Columbia's SLAIS (May 1995), found her current position as youth services librarian at Lynchburg (Va.) Public Library through the Internet. She found that by the time print sources had reached her doorstep, the deadline for positions had passed. "I found my job on the list from University of Illinois. It's complete and very reliable," Fraser said.

Although some employment postings on the Internet require experience and may not be entry-level positions, Judy Reese, career counselor at Rutgers University's School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, suggests students review these postings prior to completing their studies.

"Students should review job ads to prepare themselves for their future. They need to analyze what skills certain jobs entail and salary expectations," Reese says.

Using Internet resources as a vehicle to announce vacancies not only benefits job hunters, but also libraries posting advertisements. Posting vacancies on LIBJOBS or SLAJOB not only gets the word out to those seeking employment, but it does so at lightning speed and fairly inexpensively. Libraries are able to reach highly qualified information professionals, who otherwise may have never seen these postings if the library advertised locally.

"The type of people who subscribe to and use the Internet are the type we want to hire. We typically advertise for librarians, computer programmers, and network technicians," says Kim Piper, personnel manager at WLN, a non-profit information provider. She adds that employers like WLN are finding the cost minimal to nonexistent and by using Internet as a recruiting tool they are able to reach a much broader and technically adept audience.

What follows is a roundup of valuable job-hunting resources available on the Internet.

Academe This Week/Chronicle of Higher Education

Continue your print subscription because of the Chronicle's content and its coverage of educational issues. However, use the online version of Academe This Week to find timely and organized employment advertisements. Key-word searching allows you to find relevant ads quickly. [].

Academic Position Network (APN)

This online service announces available positions including assistantships, fellowships, faculty, staff, and administrative positions. Files are arranged by country, institution, and state. This gopher site also provides keyword searching, allowing librarians to key in their occupational title and retrieve relevant vacancies. [gopher://].

ARL Career Resources

The Association of Research Libraries offers its member institutions the opportunity to post employment announcements in order by category of position, entry-level positions, and by regions within the United States and Canada. ARL's membership consists of 119 research institutions throughout North America. Vacancy postings provide a hypertext link to the institution's home page. [].

Bulletin Board for Librarians (BUBL)

BUBL serves the United Kingdom's library community through this electronic bulletin-board service. Link to the gopher title Employment Resources and Opportunities where you will find employment advertisements worldwide. Available jobs are divided into four sections by geography and are listed in order by the date applications for the position are due. …

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