Shifts in Technology are Driving Professional Changes

Our friends down-under are facing the same challenges as we are. We need to learn to communicate with others outside the library.

RADICAL shifts in technology are driving enormous changes in the way users share and manage their information as paper documents are increasingly replaced with a wide range of digital media.

If we don’t work together now, much essential information that is important to business and the community will be lost.

Read more at The Australian.

This week from our friends at INALJ

While we won’t attempt to reproduce the amazing work done by the I Need a Library Job team, a few non-traditional jobs listed this week in New York caught our eye:

  • Executive Director, the International Center of Photography (New York, NY)
  • Marketing Manager, Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY)
  • Director, Research and Prospect Management, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (New York, NY)

For details and more jobs around the country, sign up for INALJ daily emails at You can also stay updated via Facebook and Twitter.

Happy 1-year Anniversary, INALJ!

DAM Road Map

Free White Paper: The Digital Asset Management Road Map

In an effort to create awareness of the challenges and pitfalls of implementing a DAM System, Createasphere has teamed up with Nigel Cliffe of Cliffe Associates to produce the Digital Asset Management Road Map: Secrets of a Successful DAM Implementation.

In this Road Map, they outline success criteria, potential pitfalls, trends to watch, and tips for navigating through a DAM implementation. Download your free copy at

Killing Librarianship

Last week David Lankes delivered the keynote speech entitled “Killing Librarianship”  at the 2011 New England Library Association Annual Conference in Burlington, VT.

Abstract: What might kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon or Google, but a lack of imagination. We must envision a bright future for librarians and the communities they serve, then fight to make that vision a reality. We need a new activist librarianship focused on solving the grand challenges of our communities. Without action we will kill librarianship.



David Lankes’ website:

Advocating for Librarians

The September 2011 issue of Information Outlook focuses on advocating for librarians. This is a topic that inspires We Are Librarians  in our pursuit to change the way people think of librarianship in the 21st century. Two articles in this issue highlight what We Are Librarians aim to communicate. They cover both the micro and macro approach to librarian advocacy.

Stephen Abram’s “Advocating for Yourself” recommends steps and tactics for promoting your individual worth and creating a consistent brand. This is something that every professional must consider in a time of fierce competition within the job market.

James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein’s “Continuous Advocacy Creates Opportunities for Survival” discusses upholding the core competencies of librarianship while contributing to your organization or company as a whole. We must promote ourselves and the field consistently in order to create more opportunities for all.

It is not only physical libraries that are in need of support, but the librarians and staff that give life and passion to the field. How can we change the image of librarians in the public eye? We Are Librarians‘ goal is to promote the work and lives of current librarians as well as the new generation of information professionals graduating with their MLIS. With this goal, our hope is that a new image and visibility to the field will develop.



Matarazzo, J., Pearlstein, T. 2011. Continuous Advocacy Creates Opportunities for Survival. Information Outlook. 15(6): 16-19. 

Abram, S. 2011. Advocating for Yourself.  Information Outlook. 15(6): 34.

Librarian Libations: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

We invite you to this month’s happy hour dedicated to librarians and information professionals. Please join us for drinks, conversation and networking with current and aspiring librarians. Brought to you by Beauty Bar and We Are Librarians, this event aims to bring together smartypants from all disciplines to talk shop and job opportunities. You are encouraged to dress up in your best librarian outfit!

What: Librarian Libations

Where: Beauty Bar, 231 E. 14th Street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan

When: Friday, October 14, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

See you next week!

Librarian Libations crew (Ruby, Rie, Jessica, Lilli & Jessica)

Job Hunting for Today’s Libraries in Today’s Job Market

Today’s job market is rough (I know, I don’t have to tell you) and we all need a new strategy. During this webinar from the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), you will learn directly from a recruiter how to best present yourself to potential employers. Bonus: it’s free!

What: Job Hunting for Today’s Libraries in Today’s Job Market

When: Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 pm -3:00 pm CST

Where: Register at Space is limited!

Details from LLAMA’s blog:

Participants will: increase their confidence and raise their success rate; gain a comprehensive understanding of how libraries conduct searches and make hiring decisions; and learn what libraries are looking for through practical tips and insight from a seasoned recruiter.

Speaker: Brian Keith is Assistant Dean for Human and Financial Resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. He will share his insight and advice from years of experience recruiting librarians.

Day of Digital Archives: Thurs, October 6, 2011

What: Day of Digital Archives

When: Thursday, October 6, 2011. All day.


Details from the Day of Digital Archives blog:

This Thursday, October 6th, is the first ever Day of Digital Archives. The Day of Digital Archives project has been created to raise awareness of digital archives among both users and managers. By collectively documenting what we do, we will be answering questions like: What are digital archives? Who uses them? How are they created and managed? Why are they important?

On the 6th, more than 30 archivists, librarians, scholars, and technologists will blog or tweet about their work with digital archives. Check out the project blog at or look for the twitter hashtag #digitalArchivesDay

This is a great opportunity to not only learn about what others are doing in digital archives, but also to share what YOU are doing, or what you’d like to do. Promote your valuable skills to current and future employers!

Coming soon

We’re still setting up shop here, but here’s what to expect beginning on November 1, 2011:

Librarian Profiles: Regular interviews with diverse librarians and information professionals working outside of traditional libraries and archives.

Job Postings: We’ll scour the myriad discussion lists, job sites and associations for any and all paying jobs relevant to those with degrees in information & library science.

Skill Building: Important skills you may or may not have learned in library school, and where to learn them for little or no cost.

Librarian Libations: A monthly networking event for current or aspiring information professionals. Check here for details each month including literary-themed drink specials!

LIS News: Developments in the field that you should be aware of.