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Connecting Nonprofits to the Library World
Professional Life / So What Do You Do?

Connecting Nonprofits to the Library World

Having started library school only this past January, I found out quickly how broad the profession can be. I found myself informally networking every other week with professionals in the tech sector, government records managers, digital archivists from across Austin, and several people who didn’t fit any sort of mold at all. I regularly came … Continue reading

Come in, We’re Open: Maximizing your Library Visits as an LIS Student
Emerging Careers / Internships & Volunteering

Come in, We’re Open: Maximizing your Library Visits as an LIS Student

Years ago as an undergrad on vacation, I strolled into the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s reading room. I may not have looked professional with my dyed bright red hair and over-sized flannel shirt, but when the man at the reference desk asked if he could help me, I said the magic words. “I’m a visiting … Continue reading

Libri Prohibiti: Library of Banned Books
Big Picture / Heroes / International / This Is Awesome

Libri Prohibiti: Library of Banned Books

Many readers and contributors of the Hack Library School blog are passionate about librarianship and committed to providing enriching and rewarding experiences to their patrons. Those of us in the library and archives professions may feel proud for how we go above and beyond the usual service to help people fulfill their information needs. But, … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes: LIS Hiring at Academic Institutions
Behind the Scenes / Interviews / Job Searching

Behind the Scenes: LIS Hiring at Academic Institutions

After having participated in five on-campus, academic librarianship interviews, I have learned a good deal through observation and immersion in the market’s ebbs and flows. As a follow-up to “Things You Learn On Your First Interview,” I offer some insights that may not be wholly transparent to those applying for LIS positions within academic libraries. … Continue reading