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Still sexy, after all these years: Taking another look at “traditional” LIS job opportunities


Readers, last week I focused on “dream jobs” but, the reality of the job market forced the inclusion of practical considerations.  This week I must consider my “qualifications” as well as the “appeal of certain jobs.

With the focus on emerging technology-oriented careers in the LIS field, it’s easy to ignore possibilities that traditional positions still offer.  With my work history in mind, I’ve added a few job ads (without the links) but to consider just as well :

A class assignment in library ethics focused on a circulation policy dilemma prompted the addition of the following job:

Operations Manager: “The Operations Manager provides managerial support and supervision that ensures circulation operations are in support of delivery of library services consistent with standards and policy directives.”

“Other duties include, collaboration with the Page Supervisor and Supervising Librarian regarding scheduling, coordinating functions and providing information and technical services to ensure the most efficient use of staff and resources.”

Minimum requirements include:
“Graduation from an accredited four-year collegeplus three years of job-related experience and training. Or other combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the classification.”

This full time position is in a higher cost of living area with a comparative salary.

Here is an Adult Service Librarian position with “traditional” job features such as: “outreach, resource development, training & staff development.”  Qualifications include: “MLS and one year experience providing information services.” This full time job would require relocation.  This is a unionized environment with a large urban system. Salary posted is hourly.

An extensive search led to this Librarian II position requiring an MLS and three years of experience in teen, adult, seniors, and people with disabilities. This job “requires knowledge of library and community resources and reference services in electronic and print media.”  Qualified applicant will be placed on a list for six months.  This is a good paying job with a large county government library system located in a higher cost of living area.