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Hey ladies!

I have two questions:

1. In terms of applying for MLS programs, I wondering how I would fair in terms of acceptance: I've worked as a student assistant in collection development for four years, I have a 3.8 GPA, and I'm an English major.

2. Is getting my MLS with a specialization in archives a viable option, employment-wise? I am willing to move, pay my dues, etc,.

Cover Letters

Hi all;

Quick question. I'm applying to a position in another province and have just reworked my cover letter. The position is for reference/children's services, and I currently work for the government and before that a school, so the problem is is that my cover letter is just about a full page in length. Since they probably won't meet with me in person (I've interviewed with them once before and it was by phone), I wanted to include most of what I do... which is a lot at my current position, as well as running a school library by myself at my last job.

So, basically, my cover letter is about 500 words in length and I'm worried it's too much. I tried to be concise in my descriptions, but I do/did a lot of different things at my positions and don't want to forget anything.

I know not to go over a page, but is almost one page in length too much?

Job offer while waiting on another

Hey again,

So I've been offered a job that I was once really excited about because I didn't think any other libraries wanted to hire me. But after I was asked to interview with other libraries, this job that has offered me a position became number 3 on a list of 4.

I told them that I wanted the job but asked if I could have until the end of the week to make a decision for sure. They agreed.

I called my number 1 and left a voicemail (with HR since HR is the only department I actually spoke with) and told them the situation. "I've been offered another position but I'd really like to work for your library and I have until the end of the week to get back with the library that offered me employment."

Now the thing is that I don't know if the library I want to work at will be willing to speed up their whole hiring process just because of me/ if they're even still interested in me. I'm hoping to hear back from them soon about their thoughts on everything. I really want to work for them.

My mom and dad said that the library that offered me the position can always rescind the offer and that I should just say "100% yes" to them and then if the library I want to work at says they'd like to hire me, I can always call the library that offered me a job and be like, "Whoops, nevermind, just kidding." I guess they're right, but I'd feel really bad about doing that, so I probably won't give them a definite yes until I know for 100% sure that I want to work for them.

Anyway, I'm glad I got an offer. Here are my questions: Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do about this? Is there anything I can do besides wait? Is the library that I want to work at more likely to ignore me now that they know I have another job offer?

Thanks for your help.
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county/district delivery service

I worked at a branch library, primarily in the circulation department (and technical processing) for 5.5 years where we were part of a consortium in which the participating libraries shared most--if not all--materials with patrons outside their immediate library. This consortium consisted of all the public libraries in the county except for two, so there were a lot of materials available for patrons even if they weren't located at their home library. Patrons loved being able to request items from other libraries and know that they could pick them up at their preferred library. There were always some problems with people not picking up items they requested, but for the most part, it was a great service. Items were sent to and from libraries once a day on Mondays thru Fridays, usually ending up at the intended library and being checked in there before the middle of the afternoon. We referred to the delivery service as the "pony" and the items send from other libraries as "requests" or "holds".

At the end of last year, I was offered the position of cataloger at a main library in my home state, but a different county. This is my preferred field since my cataloging courses at Drexel. I have been at this library for a little over a month and am very happy with the position and my coworkers. However, I was recently very surprised to learn that there's no transfer of materials between the library and other local libraries, even though we are part of the same consortium. There is transfer of materials between the main library (where I work) and the two branches, but other than that, the only other exchange of materials comes from ILL.

I was wondering if this is the exception or the norm, and what people's thoughts were concerning libraries "sharing" materials. Thank you!

Phone interview

Hey there,

So I have a phone interview for a Library Assistant position at a state university on Tuesday, and I was wondering what sort of advice you all could give me.

I had a work study job as a Government Docs. Assistant at a small liberal arts college for 4 years, but it was only 10hrs a week, except when I worked during the summer, then it was 20hrs a week.

I'm currently 1120 miles from the job, but I really want this position. I only recently began applying for jobs out of state, and this is one of the few library jobs that seem to want me.

I'm just wondering what I should say in my interview. Should I mention that I'm thinking about getting my MLIS at the university or would that be a turn off for the employer because it might suggest that I won't have enough time to work and go to school?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Best Volunteer Option

Hello ladies!

I just graduated with my MLIS, and am wondering how best to make use of my time while I'm looking for a library job. I'm most interested in archiving, but also love the reference desk. I'm hoping to work in a public library, but I'm keeping my options open.

I have a full-time job right now, and will keep it until I find something new. I've also been doing volunteer work with different libraries in my area. I'm wondering if you think it would be wise for me to do work I'm not really interested in (assisting in the computer lab) at the library where I want to work, or better for me to do work I'm interested in (archive projects) at a library where I don't necessarily want to work because it is far from my house.

Simply put: better to meet the people I want to work with or get the experience for what I want to do?

Thanks for your advice.
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Librarians with Nonprofit Experience?

Hi all, I'm currently applying to library school, and I'm hoping you can provide some feedback on what I should include in my personal statement and resume.

My background - I graduated from law school in 2009. I started my own law practice, but now I mainly make my money with freelance writing (I always enjoyed research/theory more than the actual practice of law). I worked at my law library through law school, and it was the best job I've ever had. After talking with a bunch of law librarians in my area (currently in Vermont, originally from MA), I am really excited to do whatever I can to become a law librarian. I'd love to pursue any type of academic librarianship, but I'd also be happy to work in a public library.

All that information is stuff I'll definitely include in my school applications. However, I also co-founded and volunteer at a nonprofit music camp for girls. It's something I enjoy a lot and has been really rewarding. So, I'm wondering if I should include this history in my school applications, or if it just makes me seem like I'm all over the place and unfocused?

At the same time, I'm wondering if that nonprofit experience would help me in the library world? At the camp, I work on volunteer management, creating budgets, strategic planning, marketing, web design, curriculum development, grant writing, etc. (it sounds like a ton of work - but we just do a week-long camp).

I'd love to hear from any librarians who perhaps have some nonprofit experience, and whether this experience is relevant to your work now. Or, if you think I sound scattered, I'd love to have some feedback on that as well.

Thanks all!


I will be interviewing for a cataloging position next week for public library. On the information sheet, it wanted candidates to be familiar with the program Innovative Millenium. The library I work at uses Polaris, and the academic library I am at for my internship uses Sirsi. There are some tutorials available online, but it's one thing to read about a product and another thing to use it. It doesn't look like it's for sale for individual users. My question is how do I go about becoming familiar with Millenium before the interview? Has anyone here used it for cataloging?

Thanks for your help!


appropriate gift?

I've been working as an intern/volunteer in the cataloging department of an academic library since the end of the summer. It's been a great experience, and definitely solidifies my desire to pursue a career within the cataloging field of library science.

My internship will conclude in about four weeks, and I want to purchase some kind of gift for my supervisor/mentor, Andy, to let him know I appreciated working with him. I don't know Andy's exact age, but I would guess it was early to mid thirties. Both he and his wife are both involved in library science, but his wife works at a different academic library, so I haven't had the chance to meet her. They have two small children, one in elementary school and the other one in pre school.

Initially, I was going to purchase a box of Godiva chocolates for Andy and his family to enjoy. However, I found out from one of his coworkers that he has a family member who works at a candy store, so they frequently get gifts of candy. Since that was my only idea, I'm pretty much at a dead end!

Could I get some help from the members of this community? :)

Thanks in advance!