How to Stay Afloat in the Academic Library Job Pool

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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.

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


Teresa Y. Neely

Teresa Y. Neely is currently Director of Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico. She previously served as Head of Reference at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County and as adjunct professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park. There she led efforts to develop and implement a system-wide information literacy program. She received her MLS and PhD (in LIS) from the School of Information Sciences at the 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