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Library Job Resources: Career Resources

A job resource guide for SLIS students and others seeking employment in the Library and Information Science field.

Online Resources

Library Associations and affiliated organizations have developed tools and resources to prepare job seekers for the search, application, interview and salary negotiation process, including:

  • ALA's Library Job Search, which includes resources regarding the search, interview preparation, resume and cover letter writing and salary negotiation.
  • Career Resources, provided by the School of Information at the University of Michigan, provides powerpoints to workshops given by the School of Information on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and more. 
  •, a free career resource that helps job seeks, students and employees get an inside look at companies and jobs by providing information regarding company reviews, salaries and interview questions and reviews. This is a give and get service for non-students. Post a review and you have access to all other reviews. Are you a student? - Send an email to from your .edu account to request a Student Account. You'll get free access to salaries and reviews for a full year without having to post anything.
  • LIS Career Options, is a private subgroup of ALA, that you can join! This is a forum devoted to exchanging information about LIS careers, both traditional and alternative, for LIS professionals, students, and those aspiring to a career working with information.
  • LIScareer, a free website with listing of books, articles, and other resources related to and LIS career.
  • So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers, a list of the best of the best advice for potential MLS students, current students and job seekers.

Resources for Alternative Careers for LIS Graduates:


(in order of most recent publication date)

Check the InfoHawk catalog for availability of print books.

Ace the Interview, Land a Librarian Job / by Robin O'Hanlon
Libraries Unlimited, 2016

Rethinking Information Work: a Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals / by Kim Dority
Libraries Unlimited, 2016

Skills to Make a Librarian: Transferable Skills Inside and Outside the Library / by Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen
Chandos Publishing, 2015

Making the Most of Your Library Career
American Library Association, 2014
Main Library Z682.35.V62 M33 2014 

Career Q&A: a librarian's real-life, practical guide to managing a successful career / by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen
Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, 2013
Main Library Z682.35 .V62 M34 2013

What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students / by Priscilla K. Shontz and Richard Murray
Libraries Unlimited, 2012

LIS career sourcebook: managing and maximizing every step of your career / G. Kim Dority
Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, 2012

How to stay afloat in the academic library job pool / edited by Teresa Y. Neely ; foreword by Camila A. Alire
Chicago : American Library Association, 2011
e-book or Main Library Z682.4.C63 H69 2011

Careers in focus: Library & information science / 2nd edition
New York: Fergusons', 2011
Main Library Z682.35.V62 C365 2011

Working in the virtual stacks: the new library & information science / by Laura Townsend Kane
Chicago : American Library Association, 2011
e-book or Engineering Library Z682.35.V62 K37 2011 

The Information and Knowledge Professional's Career Handbook / by Ulla De Stricker and Jill Hurst-Wahl
Chandos Publishing, 2011
Main Library Z682.35.V62 D42 2011

A Librarian's Guide to an Uncertain Job Market / by Jeannette Woodward
American Library Association, 2011  ISBN 0838911056

The new information professional : your guide to careers in the digital age / Judy Lawson, Joanna Kroll, and Kelly Kowatch
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2010
Main Library Z682.35.V62 L39 2010

McGraw-Hill’s careers for bookworms & other literary types / by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2009

What’s the alternative? : career options for librarians and info pros / Rachel Singer Gordon
Medford, N.J. : Information Today, Inc., c2008
Main Library Z682.35.V62 G68 2008

The portable MLIS : insights from the experts / edited by Ken Haycock and Brooke E. Sheldon
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, c2008
Main Library Z665 .P83 2008

Resume writing and interviewing techniques that work : a how-to-do-it manual for librarians / by Robert R. Newlen
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2006
Main Library Z682.35.V62 N49 2006

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University of Iowa
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