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Great way to add to your resume …. and

Great way to add to your resume

…. and get involved in ALA as a student to staff leader. Free conference, housing and networking for students who work as staffers for a few hours a day.

And if you’re willing to work for a few hours over a couple of days, CIFL might be able to help with your transportation. Holler back if you’re interested!


What to ask in an outreach-related job interview

Great thinking on applying to an outreach job! Congrats, Outreach Librarian.

the outreach librarian

NYSSCPA-Mock-Interviews-300x213Job seekers might notice a surge in outreach-specific jobs and jobs with an outreach component in recent years. While outreach-specific jobs might not stay on the radar, you can be fairly certain that outreach as a job component will only increase. Which has led to folks asking their LibraryLand peers: what questions do I need to ask in such an interview?

The phone interview: the phone interview is designed to be short, sweet, and determine if chemistry exists between you and your perspective colleagues. It’s a bit like the coffee date: lower stakes than something more formal, low investment. You want to stick with 2-3 questions here. Some suggestions:

  • What do you like most about working here? (Hint: do they mention the people they serve? You can learn A LOT about potential colleagues, work environment, etc. from this seemingly innocuous question!)
  • What kind of support exists for outreach services? (If…

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Limited seating to practice your intervi

Limited seating to practice your interviewing skills Saturday Oct 12th UMD Shady Grove with SLA MD #internships #SLAMD #CIFL2013

Government Shutdown is here

It’s ridiculously difficult to get a job in Federal government. Once you’re a federal employee, there are stages of grief that you go through .. at least stages that I’ve gone through over the last few years.

“There will be no cost of living raise this year.”
I experienced denial. Seriously? There have been annual cost of living raises for the last few decades.

“Federal employees cannot attend conferences based on a handful of bad actors at one agency.”
I experienced anger. How does an agency let someone make such bad decisions to spend all that money so foolishly? It paints all Federal employees with the same brush.

“”There will be no funds for training this year.”
I found myself bargaining. If I can’t go to conferences and can’t do training, can I be given permission to pay my own way to attend an event?

“”Attending any meeting can be seen as a conference activity.”
I experienced depression: Wow, that means I can’t even participate on working groups.

“The Federal Government is being shut down.”
Oddly enough, I could accept this. It’s the trend for things to continue to retrench. Even though Federal employees might be experiencing a lack of support, the public thinks of members of Congress as a different, separate group. I can live with the bad times that the government is going through if I believe the public doesn’t blame the average Federal employee for the sad state of affairs.

What’s your furlough analogy?

Job Search Workshop Oct 12th SLA MD #int

Job Search Workshop Oct 12th SLA MD #internship #SLA #CIFL2013 Free registration available via email

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