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Finding a job before and after you have graduated can be a stressful time. Many factors might impact the availability of positions: e.g. the type of library or information agency you might be hoping to work in, whether you wish to remain local or move to another state; and trends in particular sectors. While you are earning your degree we recommend regular contact with your faculty advisor or other faculty members and professionals (e.g alumni) familiar with the area you are interested in. Also, if feasible, it is helpful if you are able to find work in the field through paraprofessional jobs, internships, and even volunteer work. This can build up your resume and make you more marketable. Lastly, remember that your LIS degree is valuable in contexts other than libraries, wherever an information professional is needed, so think creatively when seeking your first professional job.

In addition to looking at the websites that are listed below, also consider searching the web site of the specific place you may hope to work (such a a county school system, or university library) since you might catch a job posting earlier than when it might appear on other sites. Here are some links to job websites that will help you with your search:


Library Job Websites:

ALA Joblist

American Association of Law Libraries Career Center

Archives Gig

ARLIS/NA Joblist (art libraries)

Drexel Job Search Tool (library and health informatics)

Florida Library Jobs

HigherEd Jobs (academic)

Histpres (preservation jobs)

I Need A Library Job (national and international)

Lib Journal Job Zone

Special Library Association Career Center

Pacific States Library Job Postings

USAJobs (federal/government)


International Library Job Websites:

ALA International Library Jobs

Canadian Library Association

Glen Recruitment


Helpful Tips Websites:

Hiring Librarians

INALJ Articles

Mr. Library Dude: Nailing the Job Interview

Open Cover Letters




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