Magazine article American Libraries

Job Information Wins the Hearts of Alumni

Magazine article American Libraries

Job Information Wins the Hearts of Alumni

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Alumni of universities and colleges often appear among the members of Friends groups and are substantial contributors to library funding drives throughout the country. But rarely can one find mention of academic libraries offering special assistance to alumni.

Help for job-hunting alumni was offered by reference librarians at Meriam Library, California State University/Chico, recently through an article in the alumni journal, The University Today. Meriam Library, a part of the School of Information Services, headed by Dean James May, is situated in the northeast section of California, hard-hit with unemployment. So an outstretched hand to alumni seemed appropriate.

The article pointed out that job-hunting alumni, as well as graduating seniors, would find many resources to help them in the library, and that reference librarians would be particularly glad to greet returning alumni.

The article listed the sort of materials normally used by graduating seniors to research prospective employers and mentioned our telephone book collection, which is complete for California and includes major cities throughout the country. We cited help-wanted ads in the national and regional newspaper collection as a source of jobs, as well as employment notices in specialized periodicals such as Chronicle of Higher Education. Reference staff have compiled a list of employment-related examinations and keep it at the reference desk.

Alumni considering re-training were offered such resources as our large college-catalog collection, the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, and Occupation Outlook handbook. …

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