Biography · Job Searching · Lifeskills · Professional Conferences

Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

This week’s post* is actually guest starring on a new website for us library types. It also previews my session at next month’s MLA Conference. *Please, excuse the (at least) two grammatical errors neither I nor the editor caught. Also, should you ever spot grammatical or punctuation errors on this site. Let me know and…… Continue reading Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

Job Searching · Networking · Professional Conferences

Announcing, Live, and In Person…

ME! Today, I confirmed that I will, indeed, be appearing at this year’s Missouri Library Association Conference moderating the JOB SEEKERS’ SUPPORT GROUP. The description I submitted to them reads as follows. Librarianship is a very competitive field to break in to. There are many more applicants than open positions and the struggle to achieve…… Continue reading Announcing, Live, and In Person…

Job Searching · Library Philosophy · Networking · Professional Conferences

Life Is Funny, Sometimes

Last year, while attending the Missouri Library Association’s (MLA) annual conference in Springfield, MO, on the last day I had an idea. There should be a session for job seekers to come together and share their experiences. It could be support group for people to share the struggles and encouragements of the job searching process.…… Continue reading Life Is Funny, Sometimes

Biography · Job Searching · Networking · Professional Conferences

Big Changes: Or, Why I’ve not Been Posting or at ALA.

Well, it finally happened! After 2.5 years of laborious and demoralizing job hunting I’ve finally been graced with a NEW JOB! About two months ago UNLV offered me the position of Circulation Manager for their Lied Library. I agreed to it right away and my wife and I started preparations for the move from St.…… Continue reading Big Changes: Or, Why I’ve not Been Posting or at ALA.

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Moving Forward and Eating Elephants

On October 25th I have a Skype interview with UC Berkeley. Yay! But, that’s not what this post is really about. Everyone in my workplace knows that I am looking for another job. I am well aware that my openness on this matter is a luxury not afforded to many. It just so happens that…… Continue reading Moving Forward and Eating Elephants

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Missouri Library Association Conference, Day 2

Breakfast: biscuits and gravey, scrambled eggs, potatoes o’brien, and bacon. Free! I gave up coffee (!) about three weeks ago due to the aggravation it causes my GERD. This whole time I’ve not missed it as much as I am this morning. I know it’s mostly psychological, but after a short night I can’t seem…… Continue reading Missouri Library Association Conference, Day 2