Special Libraries Association
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Careers in Special Librarianship
The profession of librarianship is changing as rapidly as the technology upon which the profession is becoming based. This section suggests resources that provide insight into LIS as a career in general, and more specifically about the field of special librarianship as a career and some of the non-traditional options available for MLS/MIS-degrees. For specific job listings, see the Job Search page.
in Internet-Based Library Recruitment: An Introductory Survey
An article investigating the realities, impact and future of online recruitment in the library and information sector.
jobs for special librarians
A chapter from the "Special Libraries Management Handbook: The Basics" website written by students in CLIS 724 (Special Libraries and Information Centers) at the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Science during the Spring 1999 and 2000 semesters. Provides an analysis of the variety of jobs available for special librarians.
An overview of a series of presentations given at the Catholic University of America on the subject of alternative careers for librarians. The presentations address the nature of the speakers current work, reasons for entering their current profession, positives and negatives of their career choice, relevance of their library degree to their work, and the state of the job market for new M.L.S. graduates in their respective fields.
You must be an SLA member to access this section, which includes feature articles; career, interview and resume writing advice; international careers.
You must be an SLA member to access this section, which publishes the results of a survey summarizing salary levels both geographically and by position. An older edition is available in the SILS library: Reference Z682.4.S65.S58.
This site has a ton of general but relevant links, and the center offers workshops on resume writing, interviewing and job search strategies.
If you are not already a member, choose "join sils-jobs" and follow the instructions.
Bates, Mary Ellen. "The Newly Minted MLS: What do we need to know today?" Searcher. May 1998 v6 n5 p30(4). Available through UNC's Online Journals.
Wein, Terren Ilana et. al "Job Power: Career Management Resources for Librarians" Information Outlook Vol 7 No. 1 January 2003. Also available through UNC's online journals.
The SLA was created to allow librarians in specialized disciplines and non-traditional careers to share advice and network. With the growing diversity of library positions, the SLA encompasses a wide variety of careers.