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ardentanglophile in Bellevue, Washington

60 months ago

I got my MLS in 1998 and couldn't find a job when I returned to my home state after graduation. So I have no experience except for working in the college library and volunteering in the children's reading room at the library in my graduate school town.

I want to get into Young Adult/Children's librarianship, but I didn't take anycourse for this area. So what I think I should do now is 1. volunteer at my children's elementary school as library helper, and volunteer at local library and keeping reading all the young adult (what joy!) and children's literature I can. What do you think about creating a website of my readings/reviews? Im trying to think of anything that will make me more marketable when I return to library field. Since I could not find a job in a public library when I graduated, I worked for 5 years in customer service.

Any insights, recommendations,would be appreciated. And I apologize for editing or spelling errors. I do not want to offend anyone!

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sl in Sacramento, California

58 months ago

I would do the volunteering but also do some webinars to catch up on the technology side of librarianship too.

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ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington

58 months ago

sl in Sacramento, California said: I would do the volunteering but also do some webinars to catch up on the technology side of librarianship too.

Oh dear, webinars? Please elaborate!

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ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington

57 months ago

ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington said: Oh dear, webinars? Please elaborate!

I wish there was more activity on this forum for would-be librarians.

An update, I am now volunteering at Head Start facility reading to kids one on one. I am going to ask if I can also do some group story time. I am also volunteering at a environmental non-profit doing to some archival work. I wonder what other volunteer opportunities should I take on where I can show I can programming/planning, literacy skills that are needed for a children's librarian? Any thoughts?

I also hear that I need to learn about gaming? Any ideas would be appreciated!

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ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington

57 months ago

ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington said: I wish there was more activity on this forum for would-be librarians.

An update, I am now volunteering at Head Start facility reading to kids one on one. I am going to ask if I can also do some group story time. I am also volunteering at a environmental non-profit doing to some archival work. I wonder what other volunteer opportunities should I take on where I can show I can programming/planning, literacy skills that are needed for a children's librarian? Any thoughts?

I also hear that I need to learn about gaming? Any ideas would be appreciated!

Oops, sorry for the bad grammar looks like I misssed some sentences!

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ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington

57 months ago

ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington said: Oops, sorry for the bad grammar looks like I misssed some sentences!

Yesterday I went for a volunteer librarian position. It was an outreach job where the librarian would assist homeless/g/l/low income youth with books and provide outreach to other organizations with a need to help youth. I didn't get the position, however, which I could feel that they were not receptive to me. I did try to explain my enthusiasm and passion for reading but since I don't have any experience beyond working as library assistant during college/high school, I think they didn't think much of me. I think they thought that I should be brimming with ideas and I should have better prepared. I have learned a good lesson and will focus my energies elsewhere. Thanks for listening.

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val in Port Washington, New York

55 months ago

ardentanglophile in Redmond, Washington said: Oops, sorry for the bad grammar looks like I misssed some sentences!

take the civil service exam for librarian 1.

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Steve Neff in Lima, Ohio

25 months ago

I have applied to numerous part-time library jobs and not selected. I have a library science degree from Kent State University. Where do all these people come from willing to work part-time with a graduate degree.

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eldana in Pompano Beach, Florida

25 months ago

Apply for jobs in less attractive locations. I actually managed a large branch library as a paraprofessional for 6 years. The branch was in a poor county in the middle of nowhere and they couldn't find an actual librarian so they allowed parapros who could pass the librarian test. I worked towards my MLIS while I worked there. Now I have the education AND experience to apply and land the jobs I want. Also, you can volunteer with Friends of the Library groups. Choose a branch where you want to work because it will give you the opportunity to meet the people who actually work at that library. When openings come up, they might let you know in advance and/or recommend you. You can also apply for part-time librarian jobs. That's the way they hire at the county where I reside. The full-time librarian jobs don't even get posted because they offer it to the PT librarians first. Lastly, you can volunteer at the local schools and work with the school's media specialist. I do this at my daughter's school. The librarian is always happy to see me because she and I work together on projects that she would never give to other volunteers who are not librarians. I put this volunteer work on my resume because even though I don't want to work at a school, it shows my areas of experience in the library arena. I hope this helps! Good luck!

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Joseph in Coralville, Iowa

24 months ago

Join your state library association and start attending some conferences and events to learn about current trends.

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