20/02/2013 § 30 Comments
When I tell people what I am doing in Florence, Italy for a year, I am invariably asked one question: “How did you land such a position?!” To which I smile broadly, often chuckle a little and answer simply and honestly: “I applied.” This, my LIS, MLIS and MSIT friends is one of my best hacks for library school and life.
“80% of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen
You have to show up. For most positions and roles that you want to land, that means tossing your hat in the ring with an application.
If you have been following HLS’s new series “So What Do You Do?” you have heard about a number of great internships and programs to round out your LIS education. In none of them (at least so far) does the hacker say: well I was just standing around on a street corner and someone said “come do this thing.” Whether it be getting into library school, volunteering, taking a leadership position in the club which eventually leads to the internship which then leads to a job with your dream organization… all the steps start with some sort of applying yourself — even if it is as simple as showing up.
28/12/2012 § 6 Comments
This post is part of a new series called “So What Do You Do?” in which LIS students talk about their experiences as interns. We want to showcase the wide range of things people are doing in the world of library and information science.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Steve Ammidown, and I’m a student in the Archives, Records and Information Management specialization at the University of Maryland’s iSchool. My undergraduate background is in sociology and gender studies; prior to that I spent nine years working in the corporate sector as a paralegal and office administrator.
So what do you do?
I’m just finishing up as a Usability and User Experience intern at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (and people wonder why acronyms are so popular in the federal government?) here in Washington, D.C.
03/09/2012 § Leave a comment
Because the master’s degree puts “professional librarians” in a different classification than paraprofessional librarians, those of us in library school may not give much thought to unions or to how unions might shape the workplaces we hope to enter.
Not all libraries are unionized, but a number of public libraries work with AFSCME, the public sector workers union, and individual libraries have unions affiliated with a range of other unions. The American Libraries Association has an allied organization that deals with issues of library workers’ rights and workplace equity: ALA-Allied Professional Association.
Whether you are spending this unofficial last day of summer at work, hanging out with family and friends over a picnic, squeezing in a last vacation for the season, or celebrating the American worker at a parade, I hope everyone can take a moment to remember the history of the Labor Day holiday and appreciate what we are celebrating.
06/08/2012 § Leave a comment
If you are in the DC area, we’re having an informal Hack Library School meetup tomorrow evening. Below are the details:
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
starting around 5:30pm
Aria Pizzeria & Bar
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
The Federal Triangle metro stop (orange/blue lines) is closest, but Metro Center (red/orange/blue lines) is just a few blocks away.
Please join us! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on Twitter (@roselovec) or by email (roselovechou at gmail dot com).