Thursday, November 18, 2010

Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate workshop

Today I attended the Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate workshop offered by the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), division of the American Library Association.  First of all, I would like to express my frustration with time zones.  In the past few weeks, the Eastern Standard Time/Central Standard Time difference has been tripping me up.  But alas, I don't think that I would be able to make much headway in changing the nature of time zones, nor do I really think that a time zone revolution is actually necessary.  Anyway, back to the webinar...  It was quite interesting, addressing issues and best practices for all steps of the job hunting process.  Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the webinar was that, though it was hosted by LLAMA which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, it was presented by Brian Keith, Assistant Dean for Human and Financial Resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.  Not only did I receive my Bachelor's from UF, I still (and always have, to be honest) live in Gainesville, Florida.  So naturally, I have been applying for a number of jobs at the UF libraries.  In fact, there was one in particular for which I went through an extensive interview process - unfortunately, I did not get the job.  (But do not fear!  For this means that I am still in the job market and would be more than happy to take my extensive skill set to an academic library position.  Perhaps you have one in mind for me....)  In any case, it was very insightful to hear about the other side of the interview process and have some context in which to place it.  But as much as I appreciated the webinar being presented by an institution in my own backward, I'm now quite worried that a large portion of the over one-thousand-member audience will now be applying for the positions for which I have been applying.

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