What Would Leslie Knope Do? Tools for Making Big Decisions
Behind the Scenes / Honesty / Internships & Volunteering / Job Searching / Professional Life / Uncategorized

What Would Leslie Knope Do? Tools for Making Big Decisions

In the past few months, I’ve been hustling to land a summer internship, endlessly trawling the internet for opportunities, incessantly bugging professors and mentors for recommendations, and rewriting my resume and cover letter over and over again. After getting rejection emails back for every single position, and in a sick and twisted turn of events, … Continue reading

3 Lessons I Learned from a Reference Librarian
Day in the Life / Professional Life / Specializations

3 Lessons I Learned from a Reference Librarian

Reference librarian: A librarian employed in a reference department who is responsible for providing helpful information in response to questions posed by users of the library.   Reference librarianship is well ingrained into all areas of librarianship. Whether your focus is systems, youth services, access services, adaptive technology or archives, it is very likely you … Continue reading

Room to Grow?
Big Picture / Honesty

Room to Grow?

Jennifer Jarson is the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian and Social Sciences Subject Specialist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  Her research interests include information literacy and student learning pedagogy and assessment, as well as issues regarding communication, collaboration, and leadership. Jen was asked to reflect on the work environments she has experience with and … Continue reading

Peering Down the Rabbit Hole: Prefacing the MLIS with Work Experience
Behind the Scenes / So What Do You Do?

Peering Down the Rabbit Hole: Prefacing the MLIS with Work Experience

I still have two weeks until I even start classes for my MLIS degree. I’m starting to feel like Alice peering down the rabbit hole, waiting to fall. Unlike Alice, however, I feel prepared with some useful tools and know-how for my journey. I certainly won’t unquestioningly consume any strange packages that say “EAT ME” after … Continue reading

So you want to be a Data Visualization Librarian?
Interviews / Professional Life / So What Do You Do? / Specializations / Technology

So you want to be a Data Visualization Librarian?

So you know that you want to be a librarian, but have you thought about specializing in a certain field? Maybe you have an interest in emerging technologies or you want to work with researchers and students across the disciplines? Data visualization is a hot topic in librarianship, and specializations in data analytics and visualization is … Continue reading