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How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool
Edited by Teresa Y. Neely; Foreword by Camila A. Alire
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1080-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $41.00
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152 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1080-1
Year Published: 2011
AP Categories: A, I

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There’s never been a more challenging time to find a position as an academic librarian, especially for those who have recently completed their library education. But whether job-hunters are jumping into the job pool for the very first time, or back in the water after a dry spell, Neely and her crack team of expert contributors have the information needed to stay afloat. Their collective wisdom will act as a lifesaver, providing
  • Practical and specific advice on how the job-search process works, including the how-tos of reading between the lines of a job listing and assembling a compelling application packet
  • Keys to understanding the mysterious ways of search committees, and what criteria may be used to determine successful candidates
  • The nuts and bolts of undergoing a successful job interview, plus tips for negotiating when an offer is made
Job-hunters at every level of experience will find this volume the definitive resource for moving successfully into an academic career.
Table of Contents

Foreword by Camila A. Alire

Chapter 1    Welcome to Library Land
Teresa Y. Neely

Chapter 2    Entry-Level Jobs in Academic Libraries
Teresa Y. Neely with Kathleen B. Garcia

Chapter 3    How to Read a Job Ad: Seeing the Obvious, and Reading between the Lines
Sever Bordeianu and Christina M. Desai

Chapter 4    Compiling an Application Packet That Doesn’t Make the Search Committee Want to Kill You
Sarah L. Stohr

Chapter 5    You Have the Right to Remain Silent throughout the Interview Process
Teresa Y. Neely

Chapter 6    The Phone Interview: Take Your Best Foot Out of Your Mouth and Put It Forward
Teresa Y. Neely with Monica Etsitty Dorame

Chapter 7    Live and in-Person: Get Ready to Meet the Entire Library Family
Daniel Barkley

Chapter 8    Your Presentation: It Should Not Be Ridiculous
Sarah L. Stohr and Bruce Neville

Chapter 9    Job Offers, Negotiations, and All the Wonderful Things You Can Ask For!
Evangela Q. Oates and Teresa Y. Neely

Chapter 10    The Eight-Month Marathon: From Library School to New Librarian
Silvia Lu


About the Editor

Teresa Y. Neely is director of access services, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Most recently she was head of reference at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and an adjunct professor at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. She received her MLS and PhD degrees (LIS) from the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.

"Written for the job seeker, whether new to academia or seasoned, this book provides practical and specific advice for finding and landing an academic library job ... This book is a welcome addition to any career collection and for any library school collection as well."

"A welcome addition to any career or library school collection. While much is geared specifically to the academic librarian, other parts, such as reading the job ad or the interview process, will benefit anyone in need of advice on job seeking at any level of the career ladder."
--Library Journal

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