Thriving in Your Profession and in Life

By Caitlin Williams

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Hello Everyone!

I’m delighted to welcome all our readers to the newest feature in the Spotlight section of the Library Worklife Newsletter.

Because the field of library and information science is expanding and changing rapidly, we want to give you resources to help you enter – or continue to grow in your profession.  Here are some items you’ll see in coming months:

  • Every other month we’ll feature an interview that’s titled: You Work Where? or You Do What? These interviews will highlight new, emerging, or just plain fascinating LIS related work, the professionals who accomplish this work or the locations in which they contribute their expertise.  We hope these interviews will get you thinking more about the wide range of career options your field offers.
  • In alternate months, we’ll look at workplace issues such as resilience, ways to move your career forward, tips on the job search, and trends in librarianship.  We’ll do this through articles, chats, podcasts and YouTube videos.

For now, take a look at the interesting facts, figures, tips and links included below to start us up this month.  And please stop back here next month to learn more.

Here’s to your career success!

Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.
Career Consultant HRDR

  • Did you know that the e-note is replacing the traditional cover letter – as well as other more formal communications used in the job search process?

Here’s a link to a great article by Wendy Enelow where you can learn more about the e-note.  Though the article is directed at an HR audience, the article’s information and suggestions are equally valuable across other fields, as well.

  • Want a list of some new and emerging job titles in the MLIS field?  Check out San Jose State University’s Information School site to view their annual MLIS Skills At Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings report (scroll down the page to download the report):

  • If you’re in job interview mode, you’re probably familiar with the term “behavioral interviewing” questions.  These are the questions an interviewer may ask to get you to dig deeper – tell stories – share anecdotes – to give a better picture of your accomplishments, your workstyle, and examples of how you’ve handled yourself at work so far.  An article on offers some great suggestions on how to respond to these questions.

Here’s the link:

  • Are you familiar with “Badging?  How about “Haptic Technology”

Both terms are among the 17 Trends for Libraries and Librarianship developed by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.  Read more about these two trends here and then consider how they might impact your work.

  • Want to put technology to work in your library to engage your patrons?  Alison Marcotte’s article: 10 Tech Trends in the May 2017 issue of American Libraries shares recommendations from tech leaders on how to use tools and resources to connect with those you serve.  And, in the process, you’ll become more tech savvy, yourself!

Access it here:

  • Do you know how many libraries there are in the US? Here’s the quick answer:  There are an estimated 119,487 libraries of all kinds in the United States today.  For a deeper dive into the numbers of the different types of libraries – and for the sources where you can get more info, check out this ALA webpage:
  • Sure, focusing on your career is important if you want to move toward work that is meaningful and inspiring.  But to make a difference, you’ll also want to pay attention to the entirety of your life – to all those aspects that aren’t necessarily work-focused, but equally important to your well-being.  Here’s an interesting article that can remind you of ways to give equal time to other facets of your life