ALA Webinar: Real Life Strategies for Successful Library Job-Hunting

If you are looking for a job in the library and information science field (like me), you may be interested in the resources presented in this webinar from ALA. I have been searching for an entry-level job since May 2011, with no luck. I have applied for dozens of jobs and had one interview. What can I do to improve my chances? It is very discouraging to be finishing up my MLIS with no prospect of employment and no idea how to make it happen. There is no reason to give up, though. All I can do is try harder and fail better!

Here are some of the slides from the ALA webinar:

Another resource I found useful is the Google Doc from the webinar posted by Hack Library School.

Good luck and happy hunting!


25 E-book Resources for Libraries

From the lovely iLibrarian:

E-Book Collections

  1. 5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books – iLibrarian
  2. 15 Best Websites To Find And Download eBooks – Designer Terminal
  3. 20 Websites for Free E-Books– Hongkiat
  4. 80 Online Resources for Book Lovers – Kevin Bondelli
  5. 391 Places for Free Books Online – Gizmo’s Freeware
  6. Internet Archive and Libraries Develop Joint Collection of 80,000+ eBooks – Internet Archive
  7. Download 1 Million Google Books in EPUB Format – Inside Google Books

E-Book Purchasing

  1. The No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing – ALA TechSource
  2. 5 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Apps and Ebooks – ALSC Blog
  3. Open Library Offers Libraries a Third Choice for eBooks – Librarian in Black

E-Book Vendors

  1. Ebook Vendors at #ALA11 – David Lee King
  2. Amazon Kindle Ebooks Now Available in 11,000 Libraries – Mashable
  3. 6 Companies Aiming to Digitize the Textbook Industry – Mashable
  4. The Amazon Lending Library is NOT the Library Apocalypse

E-Book & Libraries Controversy

  1. The eBook User’s Bill of Rights – Librarian in Black
  2. Why the Kindle Will Never Support Library Books – Kindle Review
  3. Library eBook Revolution, Begin – Librarian in Black
  4. More on eBooks and Libraries – Librarian in Black
  5. Ebooks and Libraries: A Stream of Concerns – Meredith Farkas
  6. Penguin Pulls New E-Books From Libraries – Paid Content


  1. So you want to start a Kindle lending program – Code4Lib
  2. eBooks, Privacy, and the Library – INFOdocket
  3. 5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet – Wired Magazine’s Epicenter
  4. 30 Benefits of Ebooks – Epublishers Weekly

The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age – NPR

Privacy, Technology and Law

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, “Privacy, Technology and Law,” Barry Friedman argues that “expanding use of technology narrows rights.” What do you think? Privacy is an important and difficult issue for librarians. How do we protect privacy when current uses of technology gravitate toward information sharing, personal or not?

Librarian’s Worth

Here is a super awesome infographic created by Obizmedia. I was very pleased to learn that there are way more libraries than McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. Yay!