Monday, July 17, 2006

Library Job

You can’t have too many legitimate library job and career resources. It is even better when they are created by a librarian. Sarah Johnson is a librarian at Eastern Illinois University. She created the site back in the prior century but it is up to day with viable listings.

If you are looking across the country or in your back yard you might want to give this site a look over. You can search by the type of library, for example academic, federal, or special library or you can the whole shebang.

Another resource that Sarah has is the book she co-wrote with Rachel Singer Gordon “The Information Professionals Guide to Career Development Online.

The authors pool their employment finds into a master list of even more jobs at

California Library Association Career Page

In our classes we are constantly checking in at the ALA web site – for very good reason s but let us not forget the home grown stuff.

The California Library Association has valuable links for library staff workers, librarian newbies and wannabies (honest these are technical terms ;-)

If you are looking for information about the career paths into the field they have links on the main page that will guide you to various information paths. The EDD Labor Market link that I followed gave me an insight to what the California job market for library workers is and the current pay rates for librarians. A link further down the page has similar information for Library Assistants.

If your goal is to become a librarian there are links to San Jose State and UCLA programs. And if you want to teach rug rats and ankle climbers (okay, not technical terms but you catch the drift) then you can check out programs for library/teacher credentialing.

Still want more? Got you covered. There are downloadable Adobe PDF's on "Day In the Life Interviews"

Meet The Classmates - More Conversation with Terry

People often say they don’t know how to network but it is something that is done everyday. One of the easiest ways to get the hang of networking is actually talking with your classmates.

This is the QuickTime Version

This is the Windows Media Version

In my most recent classes both on-line and real world, I have met a screenwriter, a future medical librarian, a bunch of writers and videographers, technology nerds & geeks, artists, painters, poets, activists, and I think there is a horticulture person in the mix someplace.

Oh, I almost forgot the guy who restores old homes in New England.

You don’t know who you know until you ask. Why dig up a resource from scratch if you have a built in experience person who can give you a short cut or quick perspective on how to approach to a topic?

You might have a person like Terry, who in this interview segment gives his perspective on the advantages of being a male library staff worker in a High School library setting.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Career Change - Interview with Terry

There is something to be said for experience. Terry was involved in the publishing industry when he decided to make a career transition.

This is the QuickTime Version

In this video, he talks about the process that lead him into the Library Technology program.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Library Tech Older Worker Job Search

Some of my classmates have expressed concerns about being hired. For those that are middle aged or seniors this is a question generated from experience. Having experienced both sides of age discrimination, I know where the question comes from. Fear.

I have no affection for companies that are bone dumb about hiring older workers. If anything, it makes me pro-active about making sure I find the companies and employers that can see past a birthday and look at the qualification of a person.

I have two sites that mature library technology students might want to take a look at for possible job listings.

Retired is a web site listing employment specifically for older job seekers. The job listings are gathered from private employers and employment agencies. There is an job section divided into categories. I found three categories for Library, Library Technician and Library Assistant employment. It is not perfect.

I checked all three sections. Don't bother with Library Assistant section; it is a dumping ground for all clerical positions and many jobs listed that have nothing to do with working in a library setting.

Library Technician had a few more library employment positions but the listings contained every job that had the word "technician" in the title. The best category was Library but their were only five jobs listed. I would recommend this as a site to check once a month. There are other employment features on the site but I would give it a "C" at this point.

I'm still a little young for AARP but on the web site they do have a section for employers that are willing to hire older workers. They also have tips for those folks that need age specific strategies for finding employment. AARP has an association with The direct link to the AARP/Monster job listing is

There was a combined category for Education/Training/Library but you can type in a keyword. It had a similar problem as Retired Brain - it pulled up all listing with the word "library" but there was no way to filter to get exactly what you wanted. Still I did find library tech and library assistant positions. I am not convinced that this is any different than the regular entry into Monster's job database but I could be wrong.

To both sites credit, they did have employment related support information. AARP has an easy to view and accessible menu to all the job support information. Check it out, you never know where you might find an opportunity.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

A Bit of Library History

I know, I know. Get a life, but I'm finding really good stuff here. Larry Nix from Wisconsin has information on Library History and Equipment on his site

It is mainly text and link references but he has got some good stuff. I like the post card page,

I didn't know this topic had so much information available. Maybe I am in the right place at the right time because this site lead me to

You click the section of the map and library themed post cards will be displayed. From Berekeley to Gilroy, Los Angeles down to San Diego. Yowser!

Okay. I'm going outside now.

ALA Wiki for Librarians, Support Staff & Students

There is a wiki meme flowing through the the electrons. American Library Association has a new wiki. This is the link that explains how it came into being

Great ideas are coming out of conferences. The trick is to maintain them long after the thrill is gone. They are going to have to do much more outreach to the next generation. This is a good start. If they can attract enough consistant contributors I think it is a great idea.

I clicked on resources pages and found many sites I want to check out.
On the liberal side of the fence is the Library Underground and on the conservative side is Conservative Library Land which is a Yahoo user group. It appears to be closed group because I can't view anything without becoming a member.

Hmmm. I think I'll leave that one alone.

Movie in Production - Hollywood Librarian

There is a possible movie being made about librarians in the context of American movies. Amy Seidel is the writer/director and from the sound of it - may be a librarian. From what I gather, she is trying to contrast the reality of librarianship with the positive and negative portrayals in the cinema.

Amy has been doing presentations around the library circuit. You can view an talk she gave to the California Library Association in 2005. The videos are available in QuickTime, Windows Media and Real Player format.

This seems to be the kind of video that is the type that PBS would likely air on a Monday night.

Ah, ya gotta love Los Angeles. All things are possible.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Blog

Hello Everybody,

Gena asked me to look at a couple of blog links and asked me to comment on them. I'm afraid I haven't been as timely as I would have liked, but here I am at last with a little bit about's blog.

Well, first of all, let me start by saying that as much as I enjoy my job, my new goal is to win the Lotto and blog to my heart's content (or I get a bad headache from staring at the computer screen too long). Anyhow, what a cool site!! Thanks for sharing this, Gena!

For those of you who have your own personal library and would like a way to organize it, this is for you! It's also wonderful for those who love cataloging (admit it, I know you are out there!). PLUS, it's a cool way to meet other bibliophiles who share the same interests as you.

I encourage you to check out and its blog. It's not only fun, it's very useful, too!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Sylva Manoogian

I am always on the look out for a good story and this one is a heart warmer. This society ignors the contributions of women, especially older women. Mrs. Manoogian is a wife, mother, teacher, librarian and very active doctorial student at UCLA.

This is the QuickTime Version

This is the Windows Version

In this video, Mrs. Manoogian tells her story of meeting a little boy and the man he will become. Many of us can recall a person that encouraged us to take that next step, or was there to support us no matter our surface appearance. Mentors come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages.

Mrs. Manoogian was speaking at a forum to encourage folks to concider library careers. This was recorded at the Glendale Public Library.