Lost Librarian

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Monday, March 13, 2006

searching high and low

Like many of my colleagues I will be graduating in May and have been revamping my resume. I began to worry though, how do I compare to all of those technology innovators out there bringing libraries into what is a new and exciting time? The innovators are happily bringing technology into libraries attracting new users and making jobs a bit more competitive. All those new job postings for librarians with experience with blogging or who will bring the library up to speed with Library 2.0 make me nervous. I am afraid I am falling behind. This is my last semester and I am just now starting to learn about all of the greatness technology has to offer a library.

Then I wonder what exactly I need to list on my resume to catch someone's eye. Is it not enough anymore that I know the basics? I am learning about so many other things, but it will take time for me to catch up and so many have already passed me by....what is it that I need to keep my head above water? Does anyone else feel this way? In my worried state I began searching for some tips as to what would help me in this dizzying time and what do I stumble across but a WIKI offering me tips on "HOW TO APPLY FOR A LIBRARY JOB".....


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Hathaway said...


Sometimes I feel the same way. I've started looking for jobs - I'm not graduating til August, though. I can't blame you for feeling freaked out - you're finishing so soon!

However, think of it like this: we know SO MUCH more about technology than most librarians who have been in the field for years. Even though we don't have a lot of technology coursework here, we're still ahead of the game. Advances in technology occur so rapidly. People who graduated just five years ago didn't learn about half the things we're learning.

It can be very intimidating to look at some of these job descriptions. You think, Library 2.0! I only just learned that! Well, at least you know what it is. Which is more than a lot of other people know.

Now that we have the basics (or maybe you have more than the basics, I'm speaking for myself), it's a lot easier for us to teach ourselves more. We realize that technology is something we have to keep up with - we can take classes, ask colleagues for help, even just read about it on our own.

It IS scary looking for a job, but I think you've got an advantage over applicants who've been out of school for a while... good luck!

At 8:22 PM, Blogger ashley said...

I think sooooo many of us feel that way. I am graduating this summer and while I am excited, it is also intimidating.

I feel like I am also behind the times on the technological side of things, but hey, I'm presently blogging. I think continuing education and professional development is a large part of a librarian's life after finishing school - especially at the rate that things are changing and evolving in library environments. And, I think you'll find that you, as a librarian, have a very large support system. Librarians love helping people. Its what we do - especially when it comes to sharing new things, tricks, talents with other librarians. Never stop educating yourself or others and I think you will reap the benefits and good karma. Also, you have to remember that not every librarian is as tech savvy as Michael Stevens (he kind of blows your mind with how much he knows) - though it is something to aspire to. Like Hathaway said, we do have an advantage over people that graduated only five years ago. Instead of being intimidated, consider your future a challenge. You have gone to library school and are equipped with skills that not many people have...

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Karyn said...

Thanks ladies...you helped ease my mind for now.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Steve Oberg said...


Your worry about keeping up with the latest technology trends is understandable One thing I would advise is that it is far more important for you to demonstrate an ability to articulate how you would keep up to date, rather than demonstrate how much you already know. In other words, show that you are a problem solver, someone who is able and willing to learn quickly. In interviews I've conducted, that ability is more well received than presenting oneself as a "know it all." And the truth is, things change quickly all the time, so you need to be able to keep up to date continuously out of library school. In many ways, I felt like finishing my MLS was only the beginning of my education as a librarian. Fourteen years later, I'm still learning new things every day.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Karyn said...

Thank you Steve, that is such excellent advice! I look forward to continuing my education after graduation!

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Christina said...

It's true - I think most of us are concerned about our technical skills (or assumed lack thereof). But the feedback from the comments posted is reinforced by what I've been hearing from people already in the profession: you probably know more than you think you know, and the most important thing is you have the capacity to learn!

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Connie said...

Here's another person in the same boat. I'm glad that you brought up the topic. Steve's comments were reassuring. If you think about it, anyone who's been out of school a couple years has the potential for being out-of-date. Technology has changed so much in the last 10 years that everyone is learning as needed.

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