Many library science students just look at the traditional roles of librarians for job options, when in reality there are a wide range of career options available for someone with library and information training.
Why this topic:many library science students just look at the traditional concept of librarians for job options, when in reality there is a wide range of career options available for someone with library and information training.This idea came from my own experiences which I will talk about later and something I find that many of our students are not aware of that their MLS is a plus in a lot of other areas.
First of all, our positions are evolving so you might want to stick around. How many of our students have second masters, changing careers? All of your background and experiences bring a subject expertise to your library position.
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Have you ever considered a career outside the library? Or wondered what kind of job an MLS can lead to? You are only just beginning to explore your possibilities and the opportunities that the MLS degree is going to open up for you.
See Related Occupations at the bottom of the pageLibrarians play an important role in the transfer of knowledge and ideas by providing people with information. Jobs requiring similar analytical, organizational and communication skills include:Archivists, curators, and museum techniciansComputer scientistsComputer systems analystsTeachers—kindergarten, elementary, middle, secondaryTeachers—postsecondary
I found this book so I ordered a used copy on Amazon. It may be a little dated.Neal-Schuman Publishers; 2nd edition (June 1997). But as I was thinking about alternative, this books talks about many things I had thought of as well. Reviews stated it is :For any librarian interested in pursuing an alternative career.-- Booklist Should be consulted by anyone considering library school or contemplating a career change.-- College & Research Libraries News An important career change guide...-- The Bookwatch Librarians interested in a non-traditional role should read this book.-- National Business Employment Weekly
Many large companies and non-profit organizations have resources dedicated to internal KM efforts, often as a part of their 'business strategy', 'information technology', or 'human resource management' departments (Addicott, McGivern & Ferlie 2006). Several consulting companies also exist that provide strategy and advice regarding KM to these organizations. Focus on organizational objectives such as improved performance, competitive advantage, innovation, the sharing of lessons learned, integration and continuous improvement of the organization.These positions can CKO depends on the corp. and how they define KM. This could be an entire presentation. In many ways it makes sense since part of the training that we go through as MLS students is about dealing and managing information.
Library and information management consultants can help you define and then develop a plan for solving informational problems. A key indicator in using a consultant is when the following tasks need to be done: planning, evaluating, coordinating, assessing, implementing, designing, directing or making recommendations. Consultants are experts whose experience allow them to do these tasks quickly and effectively.
Recent SLIS grad gets job with ISL Evergreen Indiana. My neighbor works for the Indiana Supreme Court library.
If you have some special technical skills or are willing to travel a bitIt makes a lot of sense for database vendors and library tech companies to hire MLS holders, since it is important that their employees understand the marketplace and are able to understand both the current and future needs of libraries.
If this isn’t you, there’s no place like home (or a more traditional library)
Taxonomists finds patterns in contentInformation brokers are independentinformation professionals who may provide such services as online andmanual research, document delivery, database design, library support,consulting, writing and publishing.
Dr. Cronin’s talk advising us to think beyond our profession. To see ourselves in the organization.
Be gainfully employed and happy in your decisions. But know you have options, have a goal. And you can always come back to librarianship. Look for opportunities to Change the face of librarianship
I’m thinking that someone with a library background might want to consider the following areas for alternate work:
Lest you think I don’t love libraries.
Alternative Careers With an MLS Degree
MLS Career Alternatives Barbara Albee, Lecturer SLIS Indianapolis October 29, 2010
Library positions evolving Public, academic, corporate, medical and other libraries have transformed to include functions not commonly found 25 years ago The technology services function has become vital to the operation Internet librarians are the conduits for patron access to information on the Web Digital library collections are growing in size and popularity Libraries are also placing a premium on experts from other disciplines who earn MLS degrees Those other professions include attorneys, businesspeople, nursing and medical
Non-traditional libraries Every Collection Is Not Based on Books Organizations in a variety of industries are finding the skills and services of librarians to be useful. Tracking items and objects such as charts, chairs, boats, and bears requires information tagging and data base creation skills similar to those used for books, reports and magazines. Librarians and information professionals are able to combine the best of cataloging, records management, indexing and abstracting to help in addressing these needs.
We have alternatives to working in atraditional library
What does the Bureau of LaborStatistics have to say aboutLibrarians? Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition Related Occupations Where are some other places librarians are needed?
Corporations need Librarians The business world has discovered librarians in a big way. In addition to traditional corporate libraries, businesses need people to help them gather, organize, store and access information about their businesses. For example, headhunting firms gather information about their client firms and their candidates. The president of a New York recruiting firm stated that “[with more information about industries and positions, search firms have a better chance of luring the best candidates for jobs, so librarians are being paid well for their services.” (Gates, 2001) Growing area of Knowledge Management. Project Planners.
Freelance positions are a possibility Freelance entrepreneurial Librarians Many libraries outsource today Consultants Some firms provide contractual information services to provide flexible jobs for librarians Freelance indexing. “I decided to go into librarianship, and indexing in particular, indexes are so important …I never really made a decision to become a free-lancer. I just found, after tackling several independent projects and seeing them through to their successful conclusion, that I was one.” (Sellen, 1980, p. 138) book, periodical, and database indexing Information brokers (for others)
Go where the technology is Growth of technology has led to an increase in librarian jobs outside of libraries. Webmasters design, program and maintain web sites Database specialists organize, update and store data Systems analysts and network administrators keep information flowing within and between organizations
Government too Library administrators sometimes become government administrators. A career in the library and information field has endless possibilities. You can choose to work in traditional and non-traditional roles, clerical to management levels, any library environment anywhere in the world and at anytime as an entry level to retired library and information professional.
Librarians can go to the dark side Library Vendors of all types hire Librarians Library experiences are crucial here Data handling People skills Cataloging Management Budget Licensing Copyright issues Technology Speak the language of libraries Customer education and training
Vendor benefits Travel Workshops Trade shows Fast-Paced Variety Different each day Visit many libraries & settings Conferences/networking Helps you stay current Work from home
Vendor positions do exist EBSCO MLS degreed persons in top positionshttp://www2.ebsco.com/en- us/app/AboutUs/Pages/eismanagement.aspx Baker & Taylorhttp://www.btol.com/home_aboutus_details.cfm?sid eMenu=Management%20Team&home=home_ab outus_details.cfm
Not for everyone Busy, Fast-paced, travel Keep up with business trends Vocal, Motivated, Proactive
Internship opportunities do exist Internshipshttp://www.swets.com/web/show/id=90623/langid=4 2Taped Editions internship
Think outside the box Cataloging to Business Information System to Content Architect Taxonomy Metadata Reference to Researcher toInformation Broker Librarian to Educator
Real life people Beverley Geer (Library/Sales Consortia Manager, SAGE Publications) Peter McCracken (Co-founder of Serials Solutions) Sue Easun (Acquisitions Editor for Scarecrow Press) Sandy Hurd (Director Strategic Markets, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Bob Boissy (Manager of Account Development and Strategic Alliances, Springer) Christine Stamison (Senior Customer Relations Manager Swets &Zeitlinger Marla Whitney (Ralph J. Bunche Library at the Department of State) Jane Potee (Government Contracts Manager, Taped Editions, Inc.)
Actively look for opportunities Get to know your library vendors of all types Attend local and national conferences and visit the Exhibits Get involved with professional organizations, build relationships Check vendor and publisher websites for job opportunities Vary your own work experiences Employers look for skills Do not limit employment opportunities by making your studies too narrow Get your foot in the door
The job possibilities are endless Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Computer Systems Analysis Prepress Technicians and Workers Desktop Publishing Market and Survey Researchers Abstractor Analyst Broker Collection developer Consultant Database manager Grant writer
Professional organizations AIIP Association of Independent Information Professionals SLA Special Libraries Association Non-Traditional Careers Caucus ASCLA Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
Sources LIScareer.com Career Strategies for Librarians. Librarians in the Information Age: Alternative Uses of MLS Degrees by Darwin McGuire http://www.liscareer.com/mcguire_alternativecareers.htm Ask Tangognat: Alternative Careers for Librarianshttp://www.tangognat.com/2006/08/09/ask-tangognat-alternative-careers-for- librarians/Alternative Careers & Personal Development SLA Toronto Chapter, February 9, 1999 Presented by Vicki Casey http://units.sla.org/toronto/resources/alternativejobs.asphttp://units.sla.org/toronto/resources/career/casey.htmhttp://apprenticelibrarian.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/colloquium-on-what-else-can- you-do-with-an-mls-degree/