Special Libraries Association
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Your Job Search
We've compiled the following links to assist you in locating useful resources to identify available jobs in both regular and special libraries, write your resume, sharpen your interviewing skills and know your salary worth.
Employment Listings (General Library, Special Library positions)
There are numerous employment listings for library and information science positions. Several other organizations have already compiled comprehensive links. Rather than duplicate their effort, we have listed below those links that are well organized and informative.
GENERAL LIBRARY POSITIONS
Guide to Employment Sources
The American Libraries Association guide to sources of employment listings. Besides online job postings, the guide includes information on listservs, newspapers, conference interviews, etal.
An Internet mailing list for employment opportunities for librarians and information professionals. Subscribers receive only posted job opportunities.
Job Postings on the Net
Can search geographically or by field (academic, special, government, school media, …)
SPECIAL LIBRARY POSITIONS
Association Career Development
MLA not only offers job listings, but conducts salary surveys, organizes a placement service at their annual meeting and has started a mentoring program.
and Cover Letters (About.com - Job Searching)
Links to useful sites on how to create resumes (electronic resumes as well) and write cover and thank you letters.
Writing Resumes That Work: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, by Robert R. Newlen: SILS Lib -- Z682.2.U5 N49 1998
Salary Survey 2009
Annual compilation of salary levels by position and geographic location.
An older edition available at SILS Lib Reference -- Z682.4.S65 S58
Unlocking the door to higher compensation: your key
to the salary maze
produced by Ernst & Young for the Special Libraries Association.
SILS Lib -- Z682.4.S65 U55 1996
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.