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IF YOU WANT TO WORK IN LIBRARIES
here are ten things you need to know
Ned Potter
IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT BOOKS
Do you like books?That’s great, but best not to put too much
emphasis on that in your job interv...
IT IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE
You need good communication skills to work in libraries, and
you can’t really afford to be shy. Eve...
IT IS ALL ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
If you’re scared of technology, you can’t work in libraries.
Libraries are at the cutting edge ...
YOU WILL NEED A QUALIFICATION
Once you get beyond the entry level, everyone going for the
good jobs will have some kind of...
THE COMPETITION IS TOUGH
More people qualify in librarianship each year than retire.
And there are a lot of over-qualified...
SOCIAL MEDIA IS YOUR FRIEND
Information Professionals love social media. Places like
Twitter and the LIS New Professionals...
YOU NEED TO BE READY TO FIGHT
There is a more or less constant battle against the old
librarian stereotypes, and it inhibi...
YOU HAVE TO BE OKAY WITH CHANGE
Libraries have probably changed more in the last two decades than
in their entire previous...
YOU CAN PURSUE EXISTING PASSIONS
One of the great things about librarianship is how often you can
pursue existing passions...
THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT ROLES
You can work in Customer Services, Marketing, Digitisation, Archives,
Preservation, Pres...
MORE INFO
Backgrounds adapted from flickr CC images by Ervin Bartis
Icons from iconfinder.com
My blog is at thewikiman.org...
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THE COMPETITION IS TOUGH More If you want to work in libraries

THE COMPETITION IS TOUGH
More people qualify in librarianship each year than retire.
And there are a lot of over-qualified people in the
Information Profession, generally. In short, librarianship is
not the soft option it is sometimes portrayed as: you have to
work really hard to get anywhere.

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