Having moved to Vermont recently after completing my MSLIS, I can relate to the struggle and opportunity of looking for an ‘entry’ (2 years or less experience required) library job. Here’s some things things we already know:
- The number of jobs for each state corresponded roughly to the state’s population
- there simply aren’t many positions available for new graduates
The major revelation in Tewell’s research on the library job market, is that it confirms what we n00bs already know: that there are fewer jobs than there are applicants. Tewell does offer strategies to find job placement (being a librarian about your job search and researching those job listing sites), as well as discuss the value of internships and experiential education (hell, that’s what attracted me to the Palmer LIU… because it required an internship).
What’s most interesting is that the dwindling of entry-level jobs means that the jobs that are out there are increasingly specialized… so. it’s still worth the investment to pursue higher education and to network through experiential internships.